By Nancy Lindgren
I suppose most of us have heard the term GOAT – meaning Greatest Of All Time. We all have our own opinions on who those people might be in lots of different categories. For me, it looks like this:
Greatest Basketball Player Of All Time – Michael Jordan, duh.
Greatest Worship Leader Of All Time – Chris Tomlin, is there any doubt?
Greatest Hubby Of All Time – Mark Lindgren, can I hear an Amen?
Greatest Kids Of All Time – Jess, Ben, Kati, Matt, they are the cream of the crop!
Greatest Neighbor Of All Time – Kathy, she even texts me when I have packages at my front door!
Now you might disagree with my own opinions on my GOATS and that’s ok. I don’t want to cause a ruckus here on our blog and get people too riled up. But I do want to get you thinking.
I would love to hear your answer to the question “Who is the Greatest Mentor Of All Time?” Your mind might go immediately to some names who have had big platforms like Billy Graham or Beth Moore or Craig Groeschel. They have lived their lives in front of so many of us and have modeled Jesus well to us.
I could think of a lot of people in my own life over the years who aren’t so well known to the masses but they are well known by me and I am known by them. They have been amazing, godly influences and have pointed me to Jesus time and time again. I will forever be grateful for them!
So even though we all might have opinions on who the greatest mentor is, the TRUTH is the Greatest Mentor Of All Time is our Triune God – 3 mentors wrapped in 1 . . .God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Think about some of their attributes. Who else is Omnipotent (all powerful), Omniscient (all knowing) or Omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time)? And that’s just a glimpse of their greatness!
This year, in 2020, our desire is to go much deeper in knowing the Greatest Mentor. We believe that can happen through prayer-focused mentoring. The very first thing we do in our prayer time together is look up and look at the attributes of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We spend time praising, exalting and magnifying them by speaking out the truths of their nature, character and attributes. We focus on one attribute each time we meet. This practice will absolutely change our lives. I know that to be true.
This is the way I have learned to pray for the past 25 years and I have come to know these 3 greatest mentors in such a personal way. This intentional way of praying has freed me from fear, anxiety, worry, striving, discouragement, comparison, and feelings of inadequacy because it has forced me to take my eyes off of myself and my circumstances and look up at the Greatest Mentor Of All Time.
Will you join us in going deeper this year in not just knowing about our great God but truly growing in relationship with Him? Follow #GreatestMentor on our social media platforms and we will be sharing with you the many qualities of our Greatest Mentor that you can use in your prayer times and in your mentoring relationships.
Our prayer is that 2020 will be a year of clearer vision and insight, that the veil would be removed and we could truly see our God for who He is. Until we stand face-to-face with Him someday, let’s press on to know Him in His fullness now.
“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him . . .” Luke 24:31a
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
“. . . And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus . . .” Hebrews 12:1-2
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.” Ephesians 1:17-18a
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