As a nation we face our 13th anniversary of the terror acts upon our country. Many lives were lost and in the following 13 years even more lives were lost on the battlefield in an attempt to make this world a safer place.
Father God, I pray this morning for all of those deeply impacted by this horrific event and the following years of turmoil. Father, I pray for those who bravely took to the stairs in efforts to fight a fire that they may have never reached. Father, I pray for those who ran towards those two buildings in New York instead of away in a time of need. Father I pray for those at the Pentagon and those who demonstrated how these colors do not run. And Father I pray for those souls lost aboard those aircraft.
As we lift up all impacted, we also ask to remember those in uniform that answered the call of their nation’s military to go forth and fight those who sought to destroy us. We pray for their sacrifices, their families, and for their on-going safety as this war has not yet come to a conclusion.
Father we also pray for our leadership as a country. Times are difficult and the enemy is banging on the door at our every turn. Father give our leaders them wisdom, give them a heart for you, and give them peace in their decisions. For we know you are the One True God and we worship you Father. Thank you for your grace, your love, your mercy and your actions upon the cross that we might know you and live in eternity with you.
Father we also pray for those who also do not know you. The darkness pushes in during these times, but your light is strong. Father open the hearts and minds of those who seek you and those who do not know your glory. For it is In You all things are possible and the enemy destroyed! Give them peace in the Cross and in your Son Jesus.
It is in all these things we pray in your glorious Son’s name, AMEN.
A good friend, and professor of mine, Dr. Chuck Lawless has been an incredible influence in my life since starting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary over a year ago. One of the largest impacts provided was his outlook on mentorship and how how it should engage my life as a Christian. Now certainly plenty of people in secular society, but also in our churches, have uttered the words that, “everyone needs a mentor,: and that is all fine, well, and good. However, what many don’t usually say is what this mentor looks like, what the relationship truly looks like, and honestly how you go about finding one. These types of questions can be the things of nightmares for introverts and extroverts alike.
That said, I wanted to share a simple blog post from Dr. Lawless from today’s ThomRainer.com blog entitled: “Why Everybody Needs a Mentor and How to Find One.” See it’s not that scary after all, in fact the solution is provided in under 1000 words. (Okay, to be fair it is more complicated than that, but this is as good a launching pad into the topic as any.)
Specifically, I just wanted to take a moment to focus on some of the primary principles from Dr. Lawless on the “Why” question as it truly impacted my life:
- It’s biblical – Take a moment and think to yourself of the number of examples we have from scripture that point to a relationship where two individuals are living and learning together. The concept is not of our own making, but rather that the examples are right before us in God’s revelation. We’ve all heard that mentorship is important, but let’s take a moment as believers and focus on why it truly is important.
- We’re created to be in relationship with others – I have constantly been reminded in my life that God has not created us with the intention that we fold into ourselves when faced with life, but in fact quite the opposite is true. Though there will always be a time for introspection, living the Christian life is a team sport and that requires other Christians to share and grow in the experience. Sure every business would have you believe that success or money is the motivation, but truth is we were made this way and for a reason.
- Experience is a great teacher – How many times did you have to do something growing up to learn whether or not to do it again? (Granted, some experiences may vary..) The point here is that we learn from doing, from living, and when in relationship with others we can also learn from one another’s experiences.
- People are God’s gift to us – Central to Dr. Lawless’ concept is the simple reality of people living life together. As it states in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” This “life-on-life” mentorship/discipleship is how Jesus brought along those who followed Him and what better example could we have than that? People matter and it is the ability to learn from one another that can make us stronger.
I don’t want to steal all of the thunder from Dr. Lawless, but take a moment and check out his blog today and also pick up a copy of his study: Mentor: How Along the Way Discipleship Will Change Your Life . This study and focus on biblical mentorship/discipleship has changed my outlook on how to approach the topic and provides a very practical foundation for just about any believer, no matter where they currently are in their walk.
Over a year ago I entered full-time ministry/study in order to obtain my Master of Divinity. I went from working full-time for the Federal Government 60 hours a week to working 60+ hours a week for God. In this transition much has happened and many blessings have occurred. God is Good!
However, during this time I let a lot of things slide to the side and grew out of touch with the many people and areas of my life that are still large portions of who I am today. To this end, I have updated and will continue to use this website as a way to stay in touch, continue to pontificate on random things of interest (SMEM, CHSOCM, Church Tech, Technology, Sermons, Podcasts, etc.)
Stay tuned or catch up on some of my musings or just reach out to say hello.