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How Seniors Can Be Positive Role Models

How we live our lives can have a lasting impact on those around us. Seniors in particular have a unique chance to influence others thanks to the years of experience guiding their actions and backing up their advice.

The Bible teaches that believers are representatives of Christ, the ultimate role model, which is both a privilege and a responsibility (Colossians 3:17).

At Bethesda Senior Living Communities, we value the examples of faith, kindness, strength and compassion we witness among our residents and encourage them to use their testimonies and talents to help those around them.

Here are a few of the ways that seniors can be a positive role model for others to follow.

Uplifting Speech

Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

The words we speak can have a powerful influence on those around us. When seniors choose to maintain a positive outlook on life, especially in the face of hardships, they can inspire others to do the same.

Refraining From Gossip

Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. Proverbs 26:20 (NLT)

The proverbial grapevine in families and small communities can spread stories quickly, and the results can sometimes create deep rifts and hurt feelings that are difficult to mend. By not repeating rumors, seniors can help strengthen bonds and gently discourage discord among those they love.

Staying Motivated

For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Having goals and dreams can help individuals improve themselves personally and perceive direction in their lives. Seniors who keep setting new goals and striving to reach them can help younger generations in their families and even their own peers find the courage to begin pursuing their own dreams.

Leading Others

Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly — not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2 (NLT)

Leadership is a calling, and individuals who step up to fill positions have the chance to enact change in their communities. By shouldering the responsibility of leading a Bible study, hosting an activity club or serving on an advisory board, seniors can set an example to take action when encountering a need.

Volunteer Regularly

And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:16 (NLT)

Jesus calls us to do unto others as we would have others do unto us in what is commonly known as the Golden Rule. Seniors can put this into practice by taking part in charity drives and volunteer events and persuading others to join them. Through their efforts, seniors can help create a chain reaction of giving that continues to expand and help beyond their own initial contributions. This can show others the difference a single individual can make and help push them to attempt the same.