|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Invest your life in people”
I love the thought Paul expressed in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (above) regarding his feelings for the Christians in the church of Thessalonica. He loved them so much that he shared his life with them. It reminds me of a favorite saying of mine from Benjamin Franklin regarding the value of time and how we choose to spend it. In contemporary language Franklin’s quote reads:
“Do you value your life? Then value your time, because time is the stuff life is made of.”
“Time is the stuff life is made of.” That’s true, and since it is true, when you give someone some of your time, you have given them a little piece of your life – and it’s a piece you can never have back. Once the time is gone, it’s gone, and that means that that little piece of your life is now gone too. When you give someone some of your time you have given them a little piece of your life, and that’s a precious gift.
Mentors invest their time (and therefore pieces of their life), into the lives of others. That’s a beautiful and special thing, so let’s be sure we don’t take it for granted. Appreciate and value what your mentor does for you. The investment of their time, and their efforts to build into your life, is an expression of their love for you.
But also, on the flip side, being a mentor is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Few things are more satisfying than to make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life – it blesses the one doing the mentoring. This is one of the reasons that older people who serve as mentors tend to flourish in their old age when so many others struggle and wither. Mentoring creates a sense of purpose. Helping someone else to live well is a reason in itself to go on living.
One of the greatest things we can do with our own life is to invest in someone else’s life and help them to live well too. I encourage you to have a mentor and to be a mentor.
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