Mentoring for Jesus

Follow Him and you can't go wrong

Follow Him and you can’t go wrong

Last night Brian and I met with the youth pastor at our church. We want to volunteer Wednesday nights with the youth group and be mentors to high school students. We both feel strongly about this, especially me, because I want to make myself available to youth who are vulnerable at this tender age.

We’re not volunteering for this position because we think we are perfect people and want youth to “follow our lead” in life. We recognize we are sinners, no different than anyone else on this planet, made in God’s image yet forever imperfect. But, I know I’ve changed. I’m not the same person I was a year ago and I know it’s because I finally found a church that helps me in my Godly walk in life. Every day is a fresh start to get things right, even though we fail daily, God’s grace saves.

Brian and I are blessed. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” I’ve always had a strong faith in God but in the past year, this faith has brought changes to my life, not just the blessing of getting out of a bad marriage that I was rushed into, but the feeling of genuine love from a man who supports me for being the person I am. When I said I wanted to find a church to attend, Brian didn’t bulk, didn’t roll his eyes, and didn’t protest. He was supportive and joined me in hunting for the church that would help us grow in our faith together.

That has been the key to our success and the amazing strength in our love. God is with us every step of the way. We know the path we are meant to take, the choices we need to make. “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” Each night I pray, thanking God for the blessed life I am living and for the amazing man in my life and the church that has allowed our faith to grow. We can’t achieve purity but we can strive to be as pure as possible and pass that desire to be pleasing to God on to the youth we mentor.

Mentoring teens is tricky. They are old enough to be free thinkers so just saying “do this or do that” isn’t going to cut it. But we can share the scripture with them in hopes of making a difference. “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”

It is easy to be led astray, especially as a teenager or young adult. God knows I’ve strayed in my walk, but I recognize my sins and ask for forgiveness. I don’t want to be the person I was before. I was angry on so many levels and acted out both verbally and in my writing. I lived in a relationship not once, but twice, that wasn’t pleasing to God. Those days are behind me.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” I try not to speak or write in anger, but instead refuse to be pulled into drama that will bring the old, sarcastic Pattie out of the woodwork. I want to show I can be a better, Godly person with my daily actions and not just showing up on Sundays or Wednesdays with “words” to regurgitate to the youth. The youth need role models, not mouth pieces.

I have been given the gift of everlasting life because I have faith in God and asked Jesus to be in my heart. Faith is the key because I can’t PROVE God exists, but I believe he does and is with me every step of my day. Because I believe this, I want to do the best I can to show my love and appreciation for all he has done. I came into the world with nothing, but I now have the greatest gift possible because God gave his son to release us from our sins and unworthiness.

“The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” I am so thankful for the spirit within Brian and I because not only has it brought us closer to God, it has brought us closer to each other in marriage. I have never been in such awe of how I feel. Surely God has done great things for me and now it is my turn (and Brian’s) to share how great God can be in other’s lives.

The Biblical quotes from this post are from 1 John chapter 3, a wonderful passage to read in full.

Please feel free to comment on my post or Facebook page in the ways God has touched your life.

God Bless!
~P.

Comments

  1. How has God touched MY life??? Well, here goes……….The day before my only son turned 4 years old, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, he had a tumor the size of a plum which was attached to his brain stem. This very skilled neurosurgeon at Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago agreed to do the surgery and successfully removed the majority of it. My son did recover & had to relearn how to walk and talk again, & also had to have a shunt for the hydrocephalus due to the tumor. I lived at Childrens for one month and then at the Rehabilitation Institute for another. At the time of my sons brain surgery, I had gone to the Chapel and prayed to God to take my life and spare his. My son had another brain surgery 2 years later as there was yet another tumor. The part of the tumor that was attached to his brain stem remained, but began to grow. The neurosurgeon wanted to either radiate or do chemo on him but I had refused treatment as he was so young, it would kill so many brain cells that he would not live a normal life & he was walking with a walker and back to the happy little boy as he was before. I took him to Florida and went to EVERY theme park they had to offer, when I returned, we went in for another MRI and the tumor had shrunk. Thank God! I made the right decision. To make a long story a little shorter, every year we would go for his MRI, the part of the tumor was always still on his brain stem, but was stable. I had taken my son to several healing masses throughout the years, and when he was about 14 years old, we went to our annual MRI and the neurosurgeon came out with the results and was almost speechless. He said that he doesn’t know how nor why, but the tumor that had been there for all of those years had disappeared, if he had never seen my son in his life before, the results were negative. I KNEW what had happened…….It was Gods work…..So, that is one example of how God has touched my life…. through a miracle…….

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