The Ministry of Availability Jun17

Though it’s been many years since I heard my high school Young Life leader say this, I can still remember Mal McSwain saying, “I have the ministry of availability.”  Even to this day, if you ask Mal and his wife Wanda to meet for lunch, they’ll likely offer tomorrow or the next day.  How rare that is in a world where our “first available date” might be three or four weeks in the future.

My pastor Louie Giglio recently spoke about “being available.”  Just as with the young boy in the Bible who offered his loaves and fishes to Jesus, the opportunity for us is to offer what we have . . . our time, talent, and treasure . . . to be used by God.  As with the young boy, God will take it, multiply it, and bless others.  He only asks us to “be available” and to offer what He’s already given us, to be used to bless others.

Perhaps the greatest “requirement” in mentoring is to be available.  However, in our culture, this is not easy.  Our schedules are full.  Our “to do” lists are long.  My encouragement to you (and to me) is to maintain time margin in our lives.  Enough margin to be available to meet for coffee or lunch very soon after being asked.  Enough margin to meet with someone you’re mentoring and her husband for dinner very soon after being asked.

Many times you’ll be asked to meet with someone you’re mentoring because of a need in her life.  By being available you can be a reflection of the Lord to them.  Just like Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Mentoring is often just about being available . . . not having all the answers, not being able to quote a lot of verses from the Bible, not having a long list of successes in your life . . . just being available to be present in the lives of others.  You will be an incredible blessing through your “ministry of availability”!

For His glory and the next generation,

Regina

The Ministry of Availability Jun17

Though it’s been many years since I heard my high school Young Life leader say this, I can still remember Mal McSwain saying, “I have the ministry of availability.”  Even to this day, if you ask Mal and his wife Wanda to meet for lunch, they’ll likely offer tomorrow or the next day.  How rare that is in a world where our “first available date” might be three or four weeks in the future.

My pastor Louie Giglio recently spoke about “being available.”  Just as with the young boy in the Bible who offered his loaves and fishes to Jesus, the opportunity for us is to offer what we have . . . our time, talent, and treasure . . . to be used by God.  As with the young boy, God will take it, multiply it, and bless others.  He only asks us to “be available” and to offer what He’s already given us, to be used to bless others.

Perhaps the greatest “requirement” in mentoring is to be available.  However, in our culture, this is not easy.  Our schedules are full.  Our “to do” lists are long.  My encouragement to you (and to me) is to maintain time margin in our lives.  Enough margin to be available to meet for coffee or lunch very soon after being asked.  Enough margin to meet with someone you’re mentoring and her husband for dinner very soon after being asked.

Many times you’ll be asked to meet with someone you’re mentoring because of a need in her life.  By being available you can be a reflection of the Lord to them.  Just like Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Mentoring is often just about being available . . . not having all the answers, not being able to quote a lot of verses from the Bible, not having a long list of successes in your life . . . just being available to be present in the lives of others.  You will be an incredible blessing through your “ministry of availability”!

For His glory and the next generation,

Regina

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