As a preacher (despite not being very “young” anymore) the words of this verse are thoughts that I read often. I try my best to live up to the standard Paul places here.
I want to share with you my thoughts on what this verses is telling me.
Be an example in conversation. This word refers to the manner in which a person lives. In other words, if you are going to preach it (2 Timothy 4:2), then you had better be practicing what you preach. My deeds must match my words. If an older member wants to belittle a younger preacher on account of his age, then that younger preacher should make sure that such a criticism remains without merit. I need to be sure that I don’t “do” anything that would give ammunition to those who might attack me.
Will you help me be an example in conversation? Help me to practice what I preach. I promise to preach sermons that will enrich your spiritual life; help me be enriched by them too!