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Then Carter found a change of heart. When he was introduced to Jesus Christ his whole view of life changed. The new Carter now saw his gifts as God-given, meant to be refined to the max and presented to the glory of God. And it this new Cris Carter who the Vikings gave a second chance, and who went on to became a core team leader then a pro-bowler and the a record smashing future hall of famer.
|Such is the life-shaping power in mentoring.|
But the best part of the story is that Randy Moss has become a stable, dependable, consistent person. He is clean as a whistle, appreciated by his coaches and one of the best-liked players on the team. People close to him say it all goes back to Cris Carters consistent, positive mentoring relationship with Moss.
Such is the life-shaping power in mentoring. This is how God designed us, and is how God intends for faith and character to be built into people one person imitating another persons walk with Christ. It was modeled first by Jesus, who built his life into twelve key men, then sent them out to do the same. The great apostle Paul intentionally chose to mentor, Be imitators of me, he invited, as I am of Christ. And he told one of his mentees to give what I have given you to other faithful people, who are able to give it to still others. Every Christian needs a mentor. And every Christian is meant to be a mentor. Actually every believer is a mentor like it or not, either positively or negatively. Most people, at some time in life, define Christianity by watching other Christians.
Let me challenge you to look for someone to mentor, somehow. Whether you are man or woman, young or old it is never too soon to help empower people for better living. Begin now to form your GGTW list (Guys and Gals to Watch). Methodically and intentionally choose to move up beside someone who wants you in his or her life and build what you are into at least one other life. Of course you likely wont produce any NFL Pro-Bowlers but you may encourage some struggler, and help them turn their life around. Who knows? You may even help shape the heart of a spiritual pro-bowler. You may, without even knowing it, quietly empower a key person whom God has given the enormous gifts to change world.
Watch this column for regular short articles that can help you in your mentoring.
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