One way God develops us is through the wisdom of others. He will place nuggets of teaching through those who are older than us and who we look up to.
Throughout junior high, I remember telling others that I wanted to be like my Dad. I appreciated the way he worked hard to provide and care for the family, was involved in church, and that he loved Mom. I also had my fair share of rebellion as I grew up but no matter what he didn’t judge me, reject me, or make fun of me.
We have made our father/son relationship more of a priority over the last year by committing to a monthly breakfast meeting. The food is great, but that’s not why I show up. I’m there to share what’s going on in my life, ask what’s happening in his, and to gain wisdom and encouragement. It is my favorite meeting of the month.
It’s also the meeting that makes the most sense. As I strive to be a husband, Dad to four, and a follower of Christ, it is critical to have someone to share with me their navigation of those seas. For me, it’s my Dad. One of the many passages in the Bible that stresses the importance of mentoring and having people being available to God to shape others in His image is this:
1 Peter 5:1-6
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
Who are those mentors in your life who have helped get you to where you are today? I shared about my Dad, but there are many other critical people who have taken time to invest in me as well.
For you, it might be a teacher, pastor, family member, coach, or a friend who has invested their wisdom, knowledge and experience into your life. Remember these people and do not forget the time they took to invest in you.
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