Week 39: Thursday – Indispensable Village Friends

PAUL: THE MENTOR

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There are no great teachers, only great students. – Chinese Proverb

“Timothy, I thank God for you….Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.” – 2 Timothy 1:3

Paul was Timothy’s mentor and discipler. They shared a special bond and Paul loved Timothy as his own son. (1 Timothy 1:2). Paul trained him well about life principles, taught him how to take care of the relationships inside the church village, showed him what real leadership was about, and warned him about listening to false teachers.

Timothy was also a good and teachable mentee of Paul. He listened, he submitted, he trusted and respected Paul in the highest sense.

At one time, he was with Paul in prison and they continued to encourage each other.

He was a faithful courier of Paul’s messages to God’s people.

He was a constant companion in Paul’s travels.

He was a true disciple who loved and respected his discipler.

Who’s your mentor?

Who’s praying for you?

Who’s bringing you closer to the Lord?

Here are 3 basic guides that can help you in praying for the best mentor:

ON RELATIONSHIPS

_  If he/she is married: he loves and honors his wife; she respects and submits to her husband.

_  If he/she has children: He/she makes sure he/she spends time with them and his/her children are walking with the Lord.

_  He/she is kind to simple folks (e.g. security guards, drivers, household help, gasoline boys, salespeople, etc.)

_  He/she also has healthy village friends and seeks discipleship from others.

_  He/she has a deep and living relationship with Jesus. He is a man of faith. And it shows.

_  He/she is not after perfection in relationships but progress.

ON WORK AND LEARNING

_  He/she is trustworthy, inspiring, and exemplary in the workplace.

_  He believes in the value of hard work and hardly complains.

_  He/she loves to learn by reading, studying, watching international news, taking learning trips, listening to other role models who can add to his character.

ON THE CHURCH VILLAGE AND THE COMMUNITY

_  He puts his church village first before himself

_  He trusts and respects the leaders of the village

_  He is an inspiring and a positive contribution to society

Helen Keller was blind, deaf, and mute. Because of her condition, she could not communicate well and this caused her to grow up as a spoiled, frustrated and angry child. Yet she ended up becoming the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe University, with honors at 24 years old. She learned to speak in French and German. She became a famous motivational speaker and wrote a total of 12 books. She also founded the Helen Keller International (HKI) organization which is devoted to research in vision, health and nutrition. Helen Keller inspired future generations of people with disabilities to live life to the fullest.

How did she do it? She did not do it alone…

Here’s what she wrote about her teacher, Ms. Anne Sullivan:

“It was my teacher’s genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me….Any teacher can take a child to the classroom, but not every teacher can make him learn….My teacher is so near to me that I scarcely think of myself apart from her. How much of my delight in all beautiful things is innate, and how much is due to her influence, I can never tell. I feel that her being is inseparable from my own, and that the footsteps of my life are in hers. All the best of me belongs to her–there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.”

― Helen Keller, story of my life: with her letters (1887-1901)

“I know that the education of this child will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it”

— Anne Sullivan wrote

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