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Leviticus 24; Psalm 31; Ecclesiastes 7; 2 Timothy 3

It was a day of errands and driving, and a true blessing to spend time with a woman who has long been a mentor to me. We talked about the real meaty things of life, right to the point. She is honest and wise. I’ve known her over half my life and it’s not long enough–I find as we’re both getting older and my own seasons are changing, there is still so much to learn.

10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. 2 Timothy 3:10-13, NLT (emphasis mine)

I think about examples–especially in regards to parenting and mentoring. One friend nearly despised his father for the type of husband/father he was–and yet, later in life, became just as harsh and hurtful as his dad. I feel certain he never wanted to become that way, but how did it happen?

My mentor and I talked about relationships and truth and integrity. We talked about perseverance. We touched on legacy, and I considered hers as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is a model of a life lived in love. I thank God for her influence.

When someone sifts through the pieces of life I’ll one day leave behind, what will my story tell? Because my life will tell a story. Will it show Jesus? Will it be defined by love?

I cling tightly to God’s enduring Word.

14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17, NLT

Lord, I thank you for dear friends like family who have helped me and encouraged me, for women who’ve taught me how to love and serve by example. Thank you for your Word that is true and convicts and corrects. Thank you that you love me so much to equip me to do good work. Help me to remain faithful to the things you have taught me.

Courtney (66books365)

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1 Kings 13-14, 2 Chronicles 12, Psalm 47, Titus 2

Just as every passage in the bible relates to our current day and time, so does this particular scripture here in Titus. In fact, this exact passage has been on my heart for some time now. Recently, a thread on Facebook in a ladies group from church showed just how important, relevant and needed this scripture is right now in our homes, communities and churches. A friend’s posted request seemed innocent and humble; “I need a mentor. Is anyone interested?” That post stirred up 147 responses and lead to an almost immediate response and call to action for ladies of all ages from college girls to new mamas all the way up to the churches most seasoned gals. Teaching, training and mentoring in this day and age is lost but the Holy Spirit is stirring hearts like never before and calling people to action.

As I read Paul’s words in Titus it’s as if he is speaking directly to us. Our culture and society is so turned around that even in our Christian communities it’s easy to get confused and off track. It is easy to stray from sound doctrine because it’s harder and harder to find, understand and discern. As I break down this passage, I look at who he’s speaking to, what  and where, why and how it will be accomplished.

The Who

The call is for everyone- “older” men and women. We are all older than someone! At all ages and stages of our lives we should be mentored and mentoring.

The What

Paul is calling on mentors to live godly, self-controlled lives as an example to others, teach sound doctrine and teach the younger generations to do the same.

When and Where

IN THIS PRESENT AGE! That meant in Titus’ time and in ours.

The Why

Don’t miss this: “That the word of God may not be reviled” “So that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”

The How

How will we accomplish this? By the grace of God!

“11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

 

Father, help us to “declare this things, exhort and rebuke with all authority those things in our culture that are not true. Help us with our actions, attitude and behavior that in everything, your word is not reviled. Give us teachers and mentors that will speak into our lives and hearts training us in your truth and help us to seek out the younger generation to come alongside and train, encourage and love. Let no one disregard you! Amen.

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Exodus 18; Luke 21; Job 36; 2 Corinthians 6

When Moses’ father-in-law saw everything he was doing for them he asked, “What is this thing you’re doing for the people? …” (Ex 18:14)

“What you’re doing is not good, ” Moses’ father-in-law said to him.  “You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you.  You can’t do it alone.  Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you.” (Exodus 18:17-19)

One of the greatest decisions that I have made as a believer was to get a mentor, a fellow Christian, more seasoned in life experience and godly wisdom than myself.  As I scanned our church body, I carefully searched for an older woman who knew God’s Word and who possessed a lot of wisdom about life.  We both prayed about the potential match and decided that God was telling us to go for it!  I had no idea how my life would change because of this relationship.  Like Jethro did in this passage with Moses, my mentor has been able to gain a perspective on my life and interject wise nuggets to me.  This relationship has been invaluable; she has walked with me through some of my darkest moments, prayed incessantly for me, and rejoiced with me over the joys of God’s blessings. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” I love this! God places people in our lives to encourage us as we live, but also to challenge us, moving us to deeper and more intimate relationships with the Lord.  I know that the woman who I am today is largely because of the influence of a trusted mentor.

On the flip side of this, I often wondered if I could be a mentor.  Thoughts like:  Am I a strong enough Christian?  Do I know enough about the Bible?  What if I give incorrect information or advice?  Who would even want to have me as a mentor?  The lies of the enemy are so powerful.  Satan is so quick to plague our minds with doubt and defeat.  The truth is that I am capable of this because I have the Holy Spirit living in me to empower me!  Several years ago I began leading bible studies with some young women in their 20’s.  What a joy to have these young ladies in my life!  I have often joked with them that they have kept me young and cool!  But more importantly, they have trusted me and respected my opinion about issues in their lives.  It has been such a sweet journey for me as I have watched them grow in their faiths.  I have loved being a part of their engagements, weddings, and births of their babies.  I often think about what I would have missed had I said no to God about this.  And what truly amazes me is that I have learned so much more from these young women than I ever could have imagined.

Being sandwiched in between my seasoned mentor and my younger peeps, I have been able to experience such sweet, tangible moments where God feels so close.  What a blessing to be able to experience both sides of this sandwich! I have always loved bread….maybe I am on to something here!!!!  I love the reinforcement that I get from reading Titus 2 where the older generations are instructed to teach the younger ones.  How cool that God ordains these mentor / mentee relationships!  Maybe as believers we need to really pray, asking God how to be intentional in our relationships?

Dear Lord,

Thank you so much for the amazing friends whom you have placed in my life.  I can’t imagine where I would be today not having them.  God, I pray that I would always have an open heart and mind to discern how You want to use me.  And, God, I pray that I would possess a teachable spirit, longing to get to know You more.  Thank you so much for this example of the relationship between Moses and Jethro, and how Jethro keeps pointing Moses back to You.  Thank you, Jesus, that You are a God of relationship!

Amen

Suzie (suzielawyer)

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1 Kings 20; Thessalonians 3; Daniel 2; Psalm 106

What struck me about the Daniel passage was the posture of Nebuchadnezzar in his request for reason about his dream.  Essentially, he had a dream that he knew meant “something”…and he wanted an explanation.  He had a problem though…who could he trust to explain the dream?  How would he know if the person explaining the dream was just making it up or was it a true interpretation?

How many times do I just settle for “an” answer to life’s problems and mysteries…when I should be seeking “the” answer?  Am I seeking counsel for the interpretation of my life just to find someone who agrees with my interpretation…or am I ensuring the interpretation comes from a true place?

Nebuchadnezzar reasons that if he can find someone who can also tell him the details of the dream itself…that same person could also be trusted to interpret the dream.  He’s looking for someone truly gifted to be his counsel in this matter.  It’s so important to him that he poses severe consequences for those around him that cannot do it…to the point of death!!!  Nebuchadnezzar knows that God speaks…and he wants to listen, but he knows that his own understanding is not strong enough to grasp the weight and breadth of what God has in store.  He’s seeking wisdom with as much intentionality and strength that he can muster.  Granted, he may have taken it too far, but the point is clear that he wanted the truth!

In times of pain, confusion or offered guidance by God…who am I seeking wisdom from.  Am I surrounding myself with people that are just like me?  Do the questions I ask lead to the answer I want?  Am I predicating my journey with breadcrumbs thrown ahead of me?  Or…

Am I seeking Godly wisdom from mentors that have nothing to gain from their own words?  Am I seeking counsel from specific people who I have identified as seeking God and God alone?  Is my desire to find God’s truth through Godly people?  Am I able to point to those who help me navigate life and say to them…

”Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and the revealer of secrets” (Daniel 2:47).

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