A quick thought for this Wednesday because there is more rain in the forecast and I hope to get a walk in before work and on top of that…miles to go before I sleep….so right to today’s little musing.
There is a lot of talk and training available these days about finding or being a mentor.
All good, all necessary…but as I think about mentors in my life, I have to tell you most of them came about organically and unplanned.
Oh, prayed for…for sure…
but nothing formal was set up.
One of my mentors probably didn’t even know she was a mentor to me.
I never sat in a coffee shop or met her for lunch.
If you added up the hours we spent together they would not come to enough to take up even an entire day.
Yet I have numerous notes jotted in my Bible from things she said to me.
I have an index card with a powerful spiritual principal diagrammed and dotted with Scripture to support the concept that I keep in my Bible and have referred to as one of the greatest teachings on prayer I ever received.
I have a photocopied booklet of about ten pages with Scripture written into prayers for various topics included missions and church leaders, the government, my family and assorted other needs that she got from some ministry and told me she had permission to share with anyone.
I have photocopied that and given it out to so many and they have done the same.
Do you know how she mentored me?
I would see her gathering discarded bulletins from the pews as people made their way out of church on Sunday morning and I would stop and say hello.
“Oh kid!’ she would say with so much joy she almost glowed, “Let me tell you what God did recently.”
Waving the handful of crumpled papers and leaning on the pew in front of her, she would then recount some beautiful thought that came to her as she was studying her Bible that week, or some amazing thing God had done for her or for someone else, or something she saw outside her window or driving that God had used to take her breath away.
She mentored me by loving Jesus with all her heart, mind, soul and strength.
By soaking up as much of Him as her time allowed, she overflowed the blessing of being in His Presence on me and on anyone else who happened to be blessed to have a minute of time with her.
I just saw a quote by Kelly Minter that said we should study our Bibles for the sake of others.
Yes, we need it for ourselves.
But out of the overflow of the heart spent in the Presence of the Lord, there is a sweet, blessed and lasting ministry of love <3