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Who are your mentors?

Have you ever noticed that the more we learn and experience life, the more we have to learn?  Also, the older we get the more responsibilities and cares we have – the more demanding life becomes. Our careers become more demanding, requiring personal growth and education. Our social responsibilities increase. If we get married and have kids, then we have to learn to juggle multiple plates. It can be truly exhausting.

Are you committed to doing it all well? Excelling in all you do?  Colossians 3:23 says: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.”

If we will commit to doing it all to the best of our ability: our career, our relationships with family and friends, our marriage, our parenting, our spiritual life, our knowledge of truth etc., then we will experience true fulfillment.  But it’s going to take LOTS of EFFORT!

Life gives us detours and stumbling blocks. The enemy throws arrows at us.  We fail and become discouraged.  Our emotions get in the way. We get angry, lazy, scared.  People let us down.  We change.  And on and on. All these things can get us off our path.  We might have started out with good intentions, but because something knocks us off our path, we settle for being on a different path.

That’s not acceptable!!! Fight for staying on the right path.  For that we need to stay REALLY CLOSE to our mentors.  The first most important one is Almighty God Himself and His Word. It’s interesting that only 1 out of 2 Christians believe in absolute truth; that is probably because only 9% of Christians read the Bible on a daily basis.  This is a sure way to get us off the path God has for us.

When we go out of our way to seek Him, the Holy Spirit will then guide us to the right mentors. A combination of a trusted friend, a pastor, counselor or a ministry will teach us and guide us according to the Word.  This is not a suggestion, this should be a must!!!

My 13-year-old daughter Elena is a high-level competitive figure skater.  She is a very hard worker and is willing to put hours every day to perfect her skills.  She is highly competitive and has become quite successful in the sport.  She has four coaches that she sees on a regular basis to keep her improving and on track – especially when she has competitions. As much as she has dedicated her time and practiced on her own for the last six years, she still needs those coaches on a daily basis to make sure she’s doing all the details correctly because it’s a very difficult sport.  To succeed, a figure skater NEEDS her coaches on a regular basis.

And this is how life is.  To succeed, we need our coaches regularly, otherwise those little details that we could get wrong can lead to big disastrous results.  Proverbs 15:22 says “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisors they succeed.”

If you’re not constantly plugged in to your mentors, you could end up in the wrong path, and eventually in a ditch!