Celebrate Your Mentors

Don DeYoung

READ : James 5:10-11

My life has been mentored by the influence of many “professors” of whom some were professional. In the most generic sense, a professor is one who makes an open declaration of faith! So, I believe James refers to the “scattered ones” (1:1) as professors of “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:5, nrsv).

Here in verse 10 James instructs us to “follow the example of those who spoke for the Lord” (cev). My mentoring teachers, trained and equipped in formal education, continue to exert a strong influence on my faith journey. But no less will I testify that parents, other family and many friends in the baptized professional community of faith influenced me beyond their imagining. Most would be quite surprised. They look like the mentors described in the Message translation: “who put up with anything, went through everything and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him in the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.”

PRAYER

Loving God, we celebrate those who have stuck with us in the mentoring process of faith. Amen.