Aging With Clarity -- Titus 2:2

S.  Titus 2:2 "Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and self-control."

O. Titus is to teach older men (elders, aged) to exercise self-control (to be sober, clear minded and free from negative influences). They are also to be dignified (honorable and worthy of respect), balanced and biblically moderate, possessing a sound (healthy, free from debilitation) _ faith and love.

A. Older men need to be taught (perhaps reminded) to live a life that is clear minded - that is free from distraction. Additionally, a clear minded life will bring respect because decisions will reflect wisdom that arises from faith and love that are sound (balanced and healthy).  I will therefore ask God to help me nurture my faith and love for Him that I may have clarity and lead a life of example, influence and significance.

P. Father, grant me this... that the Holy Spirit would empower me, fill me with a faith and love that are healthy and balanced which will keep me free from distraction (clarity) and that I will be an example and encouragement to others.