The Value of a Good Mentor
Posted: Friday, July 12
1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17
“Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.” (Romans 1:8-9)
Over the years I have been blessed to have good mentors who have encouraged me along my journey to get closer to the Lord. One of those mentors was a woman named Karen who I met at junior high camp at Spencer Lake. She was the camp mom that year and by what I believe was God’s divine plan we met that summer and she remained an important part of my journey for many years after that. For years she would meet me at a Starbucks on HWY 100 and Greenfield and pour into me and encourage me and pray with me. Even when we weren’t physically together I knew she was praying for me. I am so thankful for the role she has played in my journey.
Paul was a great mentor to the new believers he came in contact with. Even though he couldn’t always be with them he would take the time to write to them and encourage them along in their faith. We are privileged to be able to read many of these letters. We read that he was thankful to be a part of their journey and thought and prayed for them often. He used his influence to help bring correction when it was needed. As much of a blessing as He was to these believers they were equally a blessing to him. Being around new believers helps keep your own faith fresh and exciting.
Who are you pouring into? Who are you encouraging along in their journey to grow closer to the Lord? If you find your faith is strong but losing its freshness or excitement commit to finding new believers and people who you can pour into. You have a story and God has given you influence. Don’t waste it!