E-votional - Mentor
August 14, 2002

"So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. "

1 Kings 19:19 (NRSV)


   Moses and Joshua, Paul and Timothy, Jesus and the Twelve, Naomi and Ruth; Mentor who made a difference. Each of these found themselves with an understudy of sorts. The elder, more experienced ones had something to offer. Moses, as close to God as we can understand, passed on not only his knowledge of what it means to be in an intimate relationship with the Great I Am, but how to pass that knowledge to the masses. Paul, knowing his ministry must reach beyond his own physical reach, takes Timothy under his wing and teaches Timothy not only how to be an extension of Paul's own ministry, but also how to strengthen Timothy within his own ministry. Naomi's Tutoring of Ruth bring to us Jesus, who serves as the mentor of the 12 and then some. Mentors make up our life.

Hear the Good News, through Christ we are mentored and because of this, we are to mentor others. Such a profound difference has been made in our life because someone has taken time to teach, instruct and help us through life, that we must never think we have arrived where we are all by our self. You read this because someone introduced you the internet, taught you to read, and passed one of these on to you. I write this because someone wanted me to share my devotional time, but could not be there at the same time. I find myself in Tatum due to the mentoring of countless ministers. But we must also realize that Moses, Joshua, Paul, Timothy, Ruth, Naomi, Jesus and the 12 made the difference they made in spite of the "mentoring" and influence others attempted to pass on to them as well. Each of us have had those who have been positive and negative, yet, as we keep our focus on God, remaining faithful to what God places before us, we will be able to embody the call has upon our life. We have had the good and the bad, understanding this, make it a point to be the mentor who edifies and builds upon ones call, do not be the detractor or the destroyer of calls.


   Gracious God, thank you for building me through Christ, strengthening me and allowing me to live up to my calling.  Help me to mentor others for you.  Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.