I want to be the kind of person that makes others better. Sometimes this comes about by setting an example. Paul told Timothy to “set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity”. One of the simple things that I can do as an effective Christ follower is to set this type of an example. This will encourage others and create a positive atmosphere that will be contagious and productive.
If I am always complaining, or negative, or simply ungodly in my speech and attitude, I will create dead weight for those around me. I will become a downward force that is a burden. But if I will be focused on encouraging and working hard, refusing to complain or be negative, then I will help those around me be better too.
A man or woman of God should be dedicated to hard work and to making others better. This will reflect well on Christ, and will make the company, the office, the crew, the class or whatever other day-to-day group of people by which I am surrounded more positive and joyful.