River


I wish I could tell you who said this, but I heard a man on the radio today say that there are no Super Stars in the church. We’re all on equal ground at the foot of the cross. Well said, Famous Pastor Guy.

Here’s the story I promised in the previous post. Obviously, you can read that for back-story.

So, I woke up in the middle of the night, and my mind was reeling something over and over, as if I were reading an announcement: “Amber Haines is a 28 year old mom of 3 small boys, and she would love to meet with one or several college-age girls in her home one early morning a week for Bible study, coffee, and breakfast. If interested, call her at [#].”

What in the world! I thought, “Well, Lord, that’s a good idea. You got it.” I certainly wasn’t asking Him to add to my To Do List, but it really was a do-able and enjoyable idea, not one of those super sacrificial things – just exciting, and if I were to minister to someone (who doesn’t live with me) in an intentional way, it would have to be that she comes to my house during the only time of day that everyone else is asleep.

The announcement to my heart went word for word in our church bulletin, and I had absolutely no expectations because it wasn’t my idea. A few girls responded, and we set the time -Wednesday mornings at 6:30 AM, which is a time of day I love, but I think most college kids (can I say kids?) don’t know that time of day exists. Most college kids, however, are not like the gorgeous girl that walked in my front door.

Her name is Melody, and like I said – GORGEOUS and appropriately named. Goodness and Mercy followed in the door right behind her. She is so young and already an experienced missionary. Her conversations centered around Love, and she wasn’t a cheese-ball. (I note that because I happen to be a big cheese-ball that gets an easy overload because I tend to be my very own virtual cheese factory. I don’t know.) Anyway, she’s not a cheese-ball.

Okay, so yes, the Lord woke me with instruction to invite a college girl over so she could minister To Me. I asked her what she wanted to do, and she said she loved to study the Bible. (Yay!!!) She wants to learn about the humility of Christ and the mind of Christ. If you could see my heart right now, you’d see it doing the electric slide, and very well, I might add.

I think we are going to study the attributes of God and Christ’s humble response to His Father in the Gospels. I cannot think of anything right now that I need to study more. I’ll try to report on our findings.

All this has made me remember the other mentorships I have lead or been under. I haven’t experienced one that didn’t pour into me as much as the other. Isn’t mentorship the design for the church that Christ gave? It makes me feel like a river inside, as if the Holy Spirit intends to keep His baptism at a constant flow in us. (Is that a strange thing to say?) What goes out of us brings an abundance in, and it is a part of our constant cleansing.

At the moment there isn’t someone sitting down with me once a week with a load of questions, but I do have a few mentors who care for my spiritual well-being as if mine were theirs. I also have some secret mentors that I blog-stalk. I know in my own life, there is a harvest for picking, and when someone just stops to pick it, I increase in my faith immeasurably.
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2 Comments

Kara
Reply March 8, 2008

may the Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face shine upon you.....
what a mentor you already are.

melody
Reply March 8, 2008

oh my goodness. i'm feeling the river really largely myself! and thank you. i love you!

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