Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sometimes it only takes a sentence

Craig Groeschel shares about the power of mentoring on his blog. These really hit home with me.

Craig writes, "When you have the right mentor, one sentence (or a very brief conversation) can make all the difference in the world. Make sure you’re listening!

Some examples:

When LifeChurch was stuck at four weekend experiences, Lyle Schaller (who was 77 years old at the time) said to me, 'Craig, why do all you young guys think so small? Who says you can only do church in one location?'

Gary Walters once told me, 'Most people overestimate what God can do through them in the short run and grossly underestimate what God wants to do in the long run.'

I heard Bill Hybels say, 'The way I was doing the work of God was destroying the work of God in me.' This one sentence helped redefine my relationship with God as a pastor.

Dr. Sam Chand offered this advice when I was avoiding a tough decision: 'The difference between where you are and where God wants you to be is the pain you’re unwilling to endure.'

When I was 22 years old and scared to death, Nick Harris—my pastor—said, 'It’s time for you to preach… whether you like it or not.'"

Are you investing in those younger than you? Are you listening?