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Eternal Focus
Theme of the week: A Practical Guide to Mentoring
Friday, December 2, 2011

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Key Bible Verses: All of them [past saints] pleased God because of their faith! But still they died without being given what had been promised. This was because God had something better in store for us. And he did not want them to reach the goal of their faith without us. (Hebrews 11:39-40, CEV) Dig Deeper: Hebrews 12:1-4

It takes time to build mentoring relationships. It takes time to add value to other people's lives. It means building with a long-term perspec-tive—a perspective that says when God is involved in the process, life takes on eternal significance. The difficulty for most people is that maintaining a long-term perspective requires faith. For me, my faith in God directs, sustains, and strengthens my perspective on life and other people because I know that my true reward is eternal. By faith, I'm able to approach the events and circumstances of my life with an eternal perspective. Even though I may not see the results of my efforts today or even in my lifetime, I'm confident that doing the right thing—the significant thing—will yield rewards for others far beyond what I might otherwise achieve.

Every leader speaks of his or her own vision, but mentor leaders keep their eyes focused well downfield, understanding that many of the most significant moments and effects of their lives will happen outside of the public eye—possibly even outside of their own field of vision. In other words, they may never know the full impact of their leadership. But … the mentor leader knows that the payoff will be great—and possibly eternal.

—Tony Dungy in The Mentor Leader

My Response: How would having more of an eternal perspective change my priorities?

Thought to Apply: The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.—Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (French Christian mystic, writer)

Adapted from The Mentor Leader (Tyndale, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, open my eyes to see the younger people for whom I can be a father figure or big brother; equip me with the tools of encouragement and wisdom to foster their spiritual growth.

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