The other day while walking along with my grandson, he is 5, he said, "Grandpa, my dad spits on the ground!" I responded by saying, "He does? What does that mean?" The words came back quickly, "I'm going to spit on the ground when I get bigger. I'm not too good at it right now!"
One never knows of how they are being observed. From little fellows, to little girls all the way up the ladder of age, people are watching us in ways we might not be aware. We are called to follow Jesus. To follow Jesus means to live a life that is committed and allowing Him to change our ways. As we follow Jesus, our example should encourage others and help others to look to Him. In all, our example we set is to walk in a manner that is worthy of our salvation. As others look at us, they need to see Jesus!
Paul encouraged those to be imitators of him as he was of Christ (I Cor. 11:1). The church at Thessalonica was encouraged to follow the example of Paul. Paul called the saints at Philippi to observe those who walk according to the pattern that was set before them (Phil. 3:17). Young men are told to be an example of good deeds (Titus 2:7). We have recorded for us in Scripture about bad examples in history and God destroyed people for their bad examples to be an example to us for not living in a manner worthy (II Pet. 2:6/Jude 1:7).
I once heard that everyone was good for something, even if it's a bad example! There is truth in that. We need to concern ourselves with our walk in Jesus. We need to live lives that honor God and the result, people will see the example we set in their pursuits in this life.