by Pam Farrel
I had two new books published over the past year. When you release a new book, your publisher wants you to send a complimentary copies of the book to the women of influence who believe in you and in the ministry God has given to you.
Doing these mailings always takes me down memory lane, remembering the many amazing mentors God has given me. So many have poured wisdom, truth, strength, and common sense into me, and built up and blessed me. I would not be who I am had God not brought each of them across my path at just the right moment.
All I had to do was keep my heart hungry receptive to all He meant for me to learn. A few of the Psalms in my new Bible study further define the kind of heart God values.
God is looking for thirsty hearts.
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God. Psalm 42:1-2 ESV
This word picture is of a deer searching, longing, desperate for living water to quench her driving thirst. Jesus spoke of this quality in His Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6 ESV). Being mentored necessitates cultivating a receptiveness to the wisdom of others.
God is looking for contrite hearts.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17 ESV
Broken in this verse means to “be shattered into tiny pieces”; contrite is “to be crushed.” Tiny pieces of stained glass in the hands of an artist can become a magnificent work of art, more beautiful and even more valuable after being broken. In the same way, many of my mentors have been used by God as artisans, helping me put my broken life back together.
God is looking for grateful hearts
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4- 5 NIV
People with grateful hearts seek out others who want to thank and praise God for His goodness. I have learned how important it is to appreciate every moment of time someone has spent on me in helping me to know God better.
So, this fall, I looked for opportunities to go in person to thank many of my mentors:
- Tina, the Campus Crusade staffer, who mentored me in the basics of the Christian walk
- Nora, who mentored me in my role as a mother
- Bev, who mentored me in my role as a Pastor’s wife
- Pat, my mentor in my role as a Women’s Director
- Jill, my mentor in my speaking ministry.
There are many more, and in the coming months, I plan to go and give each a copy of my book to express my gratitude for each minute they spent pouring wisdom into me. The seeds these faithful women planted over the years have produced lasting fruit around the world. I’m confident that one day in eternity, they will all meet women who began a relationship with God and grew into reproducing leaders as well—all because they once cared and shared as mentors.
When we are open to serving God in that way, desiring a chance to pour into the lives of others, God will be faithful to reveal those who are thirsty, contrite, and grateful, waiting with ready hearts to hear what He has to say though His obedient servants.
About the author: Pam Farrel is an international speaker, Co-Director (with her husband, Bill Farrel) of Love-Wise, and the author of 45 books including bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti . Her newest release, co-authored with Jean E Jones and Karla Dornacher, is Discovering Hope in the Psalms.
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