Several years ago, I was asked to participate as a mentor to young moms in my church.
I thought the ministry leader, JoAnne, was nuts. Me?? A mentor? But my kids are still in the home! What do I know?
But JoAnne was persistent, and encouraged me to acknowledge what are actually several myths when it comes to being a mentor, which include:
a) You have to be at least 80 years old.
b) You have to know all the answers.
c) You have to be a super hero.
And as my friends at Saddleback’s Twelve conference for small group leaders have pointed out, even great leaders of the bible had issues! Take a look …
Thankfully, JoAnne helped me realize that No, I didn’t have to have eight+ decades of life experience, and No, I certainly did not need infinite wisdom & a cape. Besides, by acknowledging that I didn’t know all the answers, God might actually use me in someone else’s life! And that’s exactly what happened.
Eventually, I said yes to her persistence, and was #Amazed at what God did. We had a phenomenal year, and I was blessed beyond measure by the moms in my group, and I kept mentoring and discipling another group of women as well.
Two years later, I was asked to serve in my church as the Director of Women’s Ministry. (In part because I’m a women’s ministry junkie who just kept showing up for everything they offered!) But also in part simply because I was able and willing to be used by God, for His Kingdom. And as a result, I continue to be #amazed at what God has done!
Today, I have the privilege of serving as a Team Leader with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study. This week, we are examining Chapter 4 of What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst. The chapter is titled, “You Never Know How God Will Use You” and it is entirely true. As she points out, “God made us for the relationship of His perfect love. While we are not capable of perfect performance this side of eternity, we are capable of perfect love.” (p. 64)
I spent many years in my youth thinking that I had to be perfect in order for God to use me. Nothing could be further from the truth!
There is no such thing as a perfect leader. Only imperfect followers, pursuing a perfect God, who miraculously lets us pal along on the journey.