Saturday, February 7, 2015

Finding Your Purpose through Active Relational Christian Mentoring

Have you ever thought about your purpose in life? Most people have pondered their purpose at some point. From the moment that I became a Christian at age nine, I knew that my purpose was to love the Lord. Later, I came across a Bible verse that explicitly told me what my purpose in life is to be. “… For I have created him for My Glory. I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”  -- (Isaiah 43: 7. KJ). God created you and me to glorify Him. But, even though I now knew why I was created, I still did not know what my individual purpose was to be, i.e., why “Vicky” was put on this earth. Yes, like all of God’s creation, I am to love and glorify God. But, I also have an individual purpose that only I can perform. My individual purpose uses the talents, gifts, and knowledge that God has given me, and some that I have acquired in my journey through life to share the Gospel and help other women through teaching and ARCM.

Back in high school I decided that my individual purpose was to be a teacher. I could let my Christ-light shine while teaching. However, after my pedestrian versus car accident in 1969, I thought that purpose was vanquished. But after marriage, and while still on crutches from the accident, I went back to college to fulfill my teaching purpose. I graduated and then continued my higher education to become a school Library Media Specialist/ Teacher. I got my Masters in Library Science and actually ended up with three degrees. All along the way, though, I mentored other young women for Christ. One day, I realized that God had not only given me the talent for teaching, but He had also given me the desire to serve Him through teaching and mentoring others. For, from the moment I was “Saved” I had a longing or desire to serve the Lord. But how was I going to serve Him with the limitations I had from the accident. Suddenly I realized that ARCM dispelled all perceived and actual limitations, so I could use my talent for teaching and my mentoring to reach others for Christ. I could fulfill my purpose in serving the Lord in ways that I never dreamed.

Certainly, I enjoyed my seventeen years of teaching and helping students become more technologically savvy in their research and Library skills. However, when I could no longer meet the physical requirements of being a school teacher, I quit the rigors of teaching. But, God had other plans for me. God ramped up my active mentoring of women and gave me both young and adult women to teach in Bible studies. Even during times of extreme pain and while recuperating from the seemingly never ending saga of surgeries, God put women mentees in my life to teach, counsel, coach, and help. Then, God used the circumstances of my medical retirement to provide mentoring Bible studies in my home. Now, my purpose is to educate, enlighten, and empower women to be the best Christian women that they can be for the Lord, for their families and for themselves.

No matter what our circumstances are, God will use us in great and wonderful ways, if we have a desire to serve Him and are willing to do so. ARCM is just one of the wonderful ways that God has given us to serve Him and help others. We just have to be willing to find the time to engage in ARCM. We have to be willing to use our God bestowed gifts, talents, wisdom and knowledge to help other women grow and find their purpose too. So, whether you are good at teaching, counseling, coaching, sharing, or providing empathy and support, you can use your abilities to actively mentor another woman for the Lord. You can do it! Your purpose is to live for and serve Christ! Your purpose is to be that Christian light in what can be a dark world for some. So, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” – (Philippians 2: 3-4. NASB). Allow your Christ-light to shine and share the Gospel, while you actively and relationally mentor others in their life journey.    

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