The Power of Example

A fine young man entered the Army. On the first night in the barracks when he went to bed, he faced a real test. At home, he had the habit of reading the Bible and kneeling down to pray before retiring. In the barracks, he was entirely surrounded by rough fellows. Many of them were cursing and joking loudly. The young soldier thought it might be wise to go to bed and read his Bible later where nobody would notice him. 
Then he thought and boldly decided, I'm a Christian! I ought to be an example for Jesus before my fellow soldiers. I will do here like I always did at home. So he took out his Bible and read it. Then he knelt down to pray. The barracks became quiet. After a while the talk began again, but it was more subdued. No one said anything about the young soldier's behavior. The next night, when he got out his Bible, eight other soldiers got out their Bibles. 
Within a month every soldier in the barracks would have defended the young man. They came to him with their questions and their troubles. Today Christians should have the same type of dedication and courage as this young soldier. Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

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