Today, I am thankful for.... Mentors!
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."
Titus 2: 3-5
I've heard it said that gratitude is the memory of the heart. This week, we've been exercising the memory of our hearts as we've expressed thankfulness for our relationships. I've been so blessed by all that you've shared.
Throughout my life, in all of its seasons, I can think of women who I'd classify as mentors. These women instructed, encouraged, and ministered to me simply by sharing life with me. I think of....
- My mom who led me to Jesus and shared her personal relationship with Him in a way that made me desperately want my own.
-My youth pastor's wife that sacrificed time and energy to teach a group of silly girls Bible study techniques.
-My college Sunday school teacher that demonstrated a hunger for knowing God's Word. She also invited me into her home to babysit her children and guide me through some necessary life skills.
-A friend that was my age but had children nearly 10 years before me so she lovingly guided me through all of the trauma of being a first time Mom.
-One of my closest friends that allowed Christ to fill her completely through a devastating loss teaching me what it means to lean on God for His all sufficient grace.
-A boss that was also a friend that taught me how to love and care for employees as my first and foremost responsibility as a business owner.
You see, all of these examples have one thing in common... They loved God in such a way that His goodness flowed from them and landed all over me. I have been positively affected by each of these women and so many more. All throughout the Bible, you'll find examples of mentors. In the scripture we read in Titus, Paul descriptively shares what the older women are to do for the younger women. Please don't get caught up in the words that are used. What I want us to focus on is the fact that Paul is urging the older women to LIVE in such a way that the younger women are encouraged to LIVE a certain way. Godly living is contagious, and I'm super thankful for the women that chose to give their love for Jesus away. If you have been positively impacted by the life of an older women serving as a mentor in any capacity, give thanks today.
As you remember women that have been a mentor in your life, why don't you consider letting them know you're grateful? Let the gratitude in your heart result in thanksgiving to the ladies that have led you well. I bet it would mean the world to them. :)
For further study, read the following scripture and journal any thoughts you have about them: Jeremiah 3: 15 and 1 Timothy 1: 1-2.
Dear God, we can't thank you enough for the people you've placed in our lives. Relationships are by far the most wonderful of all your gifts. Today, God, we are reminded that you've strategic placed women that could lead and guide us into deeper relationships with You. What care and compassion You've demonstrated in caring for us so lavishly. Moving forward, help us to take what we've learned from others and turn to help those that are younger than we are. When it's our turn to step into the Mentor role, give us the courage to do it fully and the wisdom to do it well. In your precious name we pray... Amen.