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Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken from you.” So Elisha answered, “Please, let me inherit two shares of your spirit … He (Elisha) picked up the mantle that had fallen off Elijah.” 2 Kings 2:9;13 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Mentors inspire success”
I recently came across a great quote from the actor Denzel Washington regarding the impact of a good mentor. He wrote, “Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living – if you do it well, I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing you the way. A mentor.”
Denzel Washington himself was influenced by the examples of pro football stars Jim Brown and Gayle Sayers, as well as by leaders in the Boy’s Clubs of America chapter he was part of as a child. He also had mentors in the church he grew up in. He believes so strongly in the influence of good mentors that he has used his own fame and fortune to help promote and fund the work of the Boy’s Clubs of America, as well as that of local churches, and many other charitable efforts which are designed to positively influence at-risk children.
The influence a mentor can have often turns out to be exponential in nature too. Such was the case with the relationship between the Old Testament prophets Elijah and Elisha. Elijah was a mentor to Elisha, and Elisha would ultimately step in and carry-on Elijah’s work. As it turned out, Elisha ended up having more than double the impact that Elijah did, performing just over twice as many miracles in his own long ministry career.
Going back to our example from professional football, Archie Manning was a great quarterback, but his sons Peyton and Eli were even better, and his grandson Arch is now said to be more talented than any of them.
It’s difficult to overstate the importance and value of good mentors. Therefore, as has been noted in previous devotionals in this series, not only should we all seek to be a mentor, but we all need to have a mentor as well. But how do we find one? Where are all the good mentors these days? We’ll think about that tomorrow.
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