Mentor someone younger than you

Mentor someone younger than you.

Acts 16: 1 “Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believerbut whose father was a Greek.”

Here we are with the start of a new chapter comes the start of a new relationship. Timothy becomes Paul’s student, disciple, friend and son in the faith. They stay together for well over 15 years. Paul mentors Timothy and pours his life into him.

Jesus’ task was to change the lives of people thousands of years after He had gone back to heaven. He didn’t write books, set up schools and colleges. He mentored. He did it this way:

By Invitation: Mark 3:14 – He appointed twelve–designating them apostles –that they might be with him

Imagine with me a scenario. A leader within a local church, makes an arrangement to take a young person, (maybe you some years ago), for a coffee in the town. After the initial opening conversation that leader looks into your eyes and says this:

“I know a lot of young people. And of all the young people I know at this point in my life, you are one of the most outstanding. I have been praying about it, and I would like to become one of your life mentors. What I mean by ‘Life Mentor’ is very simple. I want to be one of the people, whether you become the prime minister or a prisoner, who cares whether you live or die and wants to see you win for the rest of your life. I want to help you in any way I can. I want you to do life with me. I want you to spend time with me. Where I go I want you to come with me. What I do I want you to try. I want to put you on my lifelong prayer list, and when you have children, I want to hear about every one of them. I want to know when they arrive, even if I’m living two thousand miles away. If you run into problems or just need a friend to talk to, I’ll be available any time, day or night. I want to stay in contact with you no matter where you go or what you do for the rest of your life; I want to be one of your life mentors. Whenever we get together in the future, this year or in thirty years, I will ask you two simple questions: “What are your priorities?” and “How can I help?”

Imagine how you would have felt. Imagine what that would have done for you?  Now imagine you doing that for someone else.

By Instruction Matthew 5:1 – Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:

With a few words a guilty man is sentenced to death; a child cowers in a corner forever traumatised; a reputation is destroyed forever. The power of the spoken word is enormous.

In a small country church is a novice altar boy serving the priest at Sunday mass accidentally dropped the glass of wine. The priest struck the boy, knocking him to the ground. Standing over the young servant, the angry priest shouted, “Get out and don’t come back.” That boy became Tito, the Communist President of Yugoslavia and great Stalin supporter.

In a city cathedral, a young altar boy serving the bishop at Sunday mass accidentally dropped the glass of wine. With a warm twinkle in his eye, the bishop hugged the young boy to his side and gently whispered, “Someday, you will be a wonderful priest.” That boy grew up to become Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Bishop of New York and the 1st American TV preacher in 1957 – 30 million viewers ‘Life is worth living’.

With a few words you can make history, you can create a future, a destiny, a few words you can erase the past, bringing about the most amazing miracle, the healing of the soul.

Can you remember stepping into someone’s pain, loss, leaving your road of victory and stepping into their road marked with suffering, to come alongside someone and to say, “I believe in you, you will make it, you may be in a pit but you’re not there on your own cos I’m in it with you. Together we will do this.”

By Demonstration John 13:15 – I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

If you are going to demonstrate anything then demonstrate serving. A servant has a heart that is not motivated by self-interest, either from their own agenda or status or safety ahead of others.

A servant does not react out of their pride or fear when spoken to. They are not quick to judge, or take offence or blame others.

A servant is quick to forgive the shortcomings of others. Forgiveness is not a natural response to being hurt or let down, it is an act of the will. Jesus taught it, demonstrated it on the cross and gave it.


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