Posts Tagged ‘mentoring’

  

“My child, never forget the things I have taught you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NLT)

As I stood by the bathroom counter, I watched as my youngest teenage son lathered up his face, as I taught him. He wiped off the foam in sections so he won’t one day grow a beard that edges up underneath his eyelids, just like I told him. He gently pulled the sharp edges of the new razor across his face, not too soft or too hard and cut himself, as I instructed him. Then with a final rinse, we both looked into the mirror at a job well done. 

Having been a Youth Pastor, Substitute School Teacher, and a Little League Coach for quite a few years, I have noticed an alarming trend: Children being raised by absentee parents. Barring the exasperated single parent that works multiple jobs just to make ends meet, there are still too many children with present parents that rarely interact with their children, thus depriving precious young minds of needed wisdom and reinforced self-esteems. 

It’s not hard to find where they are turning for role models and life advice; those great pillars of genuine knowledge like Facebook, Instagram, the locker room, or whatever worthless Hollywood icon is opening their mouth to sound wise because they once portrayed a smart person in a movie. It’s no wonder that crime, suicide, drug use, violence, and pregnancy is continuously rising in this segment of American society! 

Children need parents and good role models to mold them into solid, virtuous adults. If you have a child, please pour as much of yourself into them. You’ll only get one shot to watch them grow! There was probably many things I needed to do today, but none more important than teaching my son how to become a man. Do right by your kids! You are loved today! 

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When (my calling to minister) happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭16‬ NLT)

When God called me to the ministry at 15, I told my Youth Pastor and he began training me for ministry. Some things in ministry simply require a teacher. But as I have progressed in ministry, what I’ve needed is less people telling me how to grow my church and more time letting God show me the heart of a true spiritual shepherd.

Everyone in the Christ Life is called to do ministry. While I do serve as a mentor to those beginning to develop their ministry role, the Holy Spirit is the true teacher. When we rely more on men with agendas, egos, and simple flaws, we shouldn’t be surprised when we wind up with the same problems. There must also be a dependency upon hearing God as He corrects and instructs you, leading you away from bad habits into God-inspired ones.

As you come to Church today, come ready to let God lead you into a deeper place of committed service. Listen to your pastors and teachers, they are called and equipped to help you. But let your final word of guidance be the Holy Spirit reaffirming His truths. You are destined for good works that build God’s people! Do it in His love today!

Since you have never traveled this way before, they will guide you.” (Joshua 3:4 NLT)

I had a wonderful time last night as members of my church joined with 3 other churches for a Community Service, blending denominations, ages, and races for a chance to worship our great King. I love what I feel when spiritual families cross the lines to stand together!

As the Pastor spoke, this verse was brought out, regarding the Priests that carried the Ark of the Covenant (God’s Presence) before the people, leading them into a new land. As a Pastor, I do that for my church and community. But it’s the call for all of us, to carry God’s Presence everyday before humanity, showing them the way, especially for those that have never been with God before.

Be encouraged today to represent the Lord well wherever you go. Be the guide that’s willing to lead, especially for those that haven’t realized yet that they are lost. If we are ready, God will show them! You are loved!

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I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.” (Philippians 4:1 NLT)

Several years ago, there was a retirement party for my childhood Pastors, Bob & Barbara Miller. People they pastored and helped to lead towards a life-change gathered to celebrate their decades of ministry. The love & joy shared by all made the night a truly wonderful one.

Trophies & ribbons from a competition from years ago are nice. But to see a life that God helped you to impact, continue to grow & begin impacting others for themselves, it’s like owning a living trophy that continues to instill pride and joy! There is no greater reward than helping others, then see those you helped continue to grow. Not all do, which makes it sweeter.

We all search for significance, wanting to be remembered by others for something. Be known as God’s Hand that was there when needed most, a life that inspires others to to be an inspiration too. Be rewarded by God with living trophies that will always bring you joy! You are loved today!

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