How many times have you tried to help someone out and then almost regretted it? How many times have you felt that your good deed hit a brick wall or a dead end? If you are like me you wonder if anything you have done will ever or have ever amounted to anything.
I know myself there are days I feel empty after working alongside of someone I have invested my time, money, talent into. You sit back and wonder if they heard you, appreciated what you did and will they ever get the whole picture of what you are trying to do.
Recently the Lord has put on my heart and my husband’s heart to work with some young people as an outreach. This is under the umbrella of our church but reaches many teens who are in our local community and are unchurched and do not know anything about God. In this group we share a “one verse” devotion, serve them dinner and then teach them a life skill. Our “win” or ultimate goal is to mentor each girl that comes to the club, with love, words of wisdom, and a Godly example. Now that the girls club has been started and is a success….we have now started a boys club too. For the girls….we state we are “reaching one heart at a time” and for the boys….”we are creating a leader one day at a time”.
So how does this all tie together with my title…’Is it worth it?…..the answer is YES!!! Yes it costs us money, time, talent, resources, and somedays a bottle of Advil, but it is worth it.
The Bible clearly talks about investing in a life. First of all the Lord invested in your life and mine at the cross….he took Lynn Wilson’s name to the cross and personally died for me so that I could have eternal life. If that alone is not enough to make you realize how important one life is then there is a problem!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The Bible also shares with us that the older should teach the younger. Being a “Titus 2” woman is something most of us have heard growing up. YES it makes a difference! I am a product of that…many women took the time to mentor and teach me in my younger years and I am grateful for this love and guidance that was given to me. Now it’s my turn to share with someone!
Older women similarly are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor addicted to much wine, teaching what is right and good, so that they may encourage the young women to tenderly love their husbands and their children, to be sensible, pure, makers of a home [where God is honored], good-natured, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
So many older woman that I chat with tell me that they USED to be a Sunday school teacher, or they USED to serve in the church. They tell me that now that they are older they leave it up to the young people. My question to them is….when did serving the Lord have an expiration date? When did the Lord give you your date of retirement?
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
As I serve in an area that I personally would say is not my best gift…..I aim to serve with a willing heart. I do feel that even though I started this mentoring group….I will pass the leadership over in the next few years. My task that the Lord gave me might only be to be a vessel and to start this group and to get the ball rolling. For me not to respond would go against everything that the Lord showed us in His own walk here on the earth.
In the midst of the girls I work with could there be another Mary or Ester that the Lord needs to prepare for the future? Could I be mentoring someone who could save a nation? Who could change another life?
How about you…..are you worth it? YES….and I am sure that somewhere in your life there was someone who took the time to invest in your life. First of all go and tell them thank you! Then respond to the Lord’s leading and ask the Lord to show you which life you need to invest in!
Message me and let me know when you have an answer from the Lord as to who you need to mentor and let me know how you are going to invest in their life. I would love to hear from you.
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Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
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