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“Whose Life are You Shaping?”

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What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2.2

The giving of our lives in the service of others is the greatest of all rewards. Christian character and biblical understanding must be invested in those around us. Here, in 2 Timothy, Paul instructs his trusted companion to pass on the life of faith.

The word “mentor” is bantered about these days and when we use the word, we are usually speaking of someone who functions to some extent as a father figure. We’re describing a person who fundamentally affects and influences the development of another, usually younger, person. The concept is not without biblical precedent, Titus 2.1-2; 1 Timothy 3.2. It has been said that mentors nurture our souls and shape our character, training us to be complete, whole, and holy.

Consider the principle of Proverbs 27.17: Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Our lives are best sharpened when rubbed up against the lives of others. Every person has the capability to help someone else grow in their faith.

So as you give consideration to your spiritual life today, take a look at the Kettering family. Who is shaping your life? Be sure to thank them. More importantly, whose life are you shaping? There are so many opportunities to serve. Get involved in our Bible class program. (Schedules for 2020 are being set now.) You can make a positive impact on the generations to come. Another idea is to pick out three persons you don’t know well and be intentional in trying to get to know them better. Take them out to lunch. Let them know you’re praying for them. Look for some way to do an act of kindness. Who is a young person you can get to know better? What is an activity you could do for them outside of the building? How could you be an encouragement to their parents?

Paul wrote, therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing, 1 Thessalonians 5.11. Keep up the good work that you’re already doing. Excel even more.

— Matthew Allen