In order to grow, you first have to be born. In order to be strong, you first have to be weak. If we want to influence people, we must first be influenced and changed by the Lord.
You never know who is listening so be aware of your actions. I am studying to become a Pastor and God convicted me on smoking cigarettes. I am not going to be a Pastor that reeks of cigarettes. I do not want to set a bad example for the kids. They have enough.
So I prayed and bought an e-cig and am not smoking and eventually going to taper off of nicotine. It is going good. My ultimate goal is to share the Gospel so that people will see.
It is a must when ministering for people to see what you have given up and what you have received because of it. Unless we show people what we left and gave up, they will not see the difference between where we came from and where we are now.
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 NIV
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