The power of a mentor…

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Titus 2:2 Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. 3 Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good… so that the word of God may not be discredited. 

Paul here encourages the older members of the community to set an example for the younger members. It was good advise then and it’s good advise now.

There was a stretch of years when my three children thought I was dumber than a rock. I couldn’t possibly understand what was going on in their lives. But things are changing. They’re finally getting to an age in which they more frequently solicit counsel from me on any number of topics, which is refreshing. Turns out the old man knows a thing or two after all. Some of you reading this blog told me it would happen eventually, and so it has.

Throughout my life older friends and colleagues have been a great blessing to me. Now I’m at the stage in life where I’m the old guy supporting and encouraging younger people. It’s a role I thoroughly enjoy. I suppose it’s my way of paying forward what older people have invested in me over the years. And of course, I still have a lot to learn myself.

Lord God in heaven, thank you for the mentors I’ve known over the years who’ve sought me out to encourage me, teach me, even rebuke me when appropriate. As they’ve been a blessing to me, give me grace to be a blessing to others. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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