Day 20 – The Examples of My Mentors

[Day twenty … we’re halfway there!]

Titus 2:4-5 says: “Then they [the older women] can train 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.”

I have been so incredibly blessed by the presence of godly women in my life – most especially through the vital high school and college years. In high school, it was Angie & Katy & Amanda that poured into my life and gave me wisdom and listened to me and laughed with me – modeling to me what kind of Christian woman I wanted to become. And then in these past few years, I have been blessed by Rick & Beth at CYT, Pam at church, and Jamie out here on campus … people from different areas of my life, but who have all contributed in huge ways to growth in my walk with Christ. Some of them I don’t see very often anymore – some I still see on a regular basis. But either way, their influence is still felt in my life through the things they have taught me and the examples that their lives still are to me. I am blessed to call them friends, honored to look up to and respect them, and thankful that they took the time to invest in my life. Because of them, I can now turn around and pour into girls who are younger than me, and so carry on the legacy.

If you don’t have a mentor like this, someone who will meet up with you, talk with you about life, and challenge you in your walk with Christ, I strongly encourage you to find one. My list is far from complete if I consider all of the people that I look up to in my walk with Christ, but these are some examples of specific people who invested in me specifically. They could have chosen not to – could have chosen to be too busy or nonchalant – but instead they gave of themselves to me and helped me grow. If you don’t know of anyone like that in your life, pray that God will bring someone like that your way and don’t be afraid to speak up and ask someone. The blessing comes from both ways – both in giving and receiving.

So for all of you dear, dear mentors in my life: again, thank you. I don’t say it enough, but you have blessed me in more ways than I can say, and I love you all.

Prayer Postures for Today:
– If you don’t have a mentor, pray that God will bring someone into your life with whom you can share and who will challenge you to grow in your walk with Christ.
– And for all of our past and present mentors, let us pray for God to strengthen them, give them wisdom, and help them to grow in Him.

Father, thank You for bringing such godly examples into my life. I have been forever changed by them, and I pray that today You would bless them and encourage them by knowing that they made a difference in my life and in many others. Thank You for letting me experience such healthy relationships so that I can then turn around and continue those mentoring relationships with younger girls. May we all continue to seek Your face and seek opportunities to invest in other people’s lives for the Kingdom.

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