Is there a Grandfather in the House? – Part 4 “Taking a Step UP”
- Not all mentors are grandfathers
- Mentors must recognize realistically where they are in the stages of life?
- When they do, their sons will become fathers?
- Remember, son’s DO grow up and MUST
There are two Hebrew scholars in the New Testament, who have been admired, albeit from a distance. One is Nicodemus 1 and the second is Gamaliel 2 Both were wise men, Pharisees and teachers. Both have been respected within the Christian circle, because of the level of wisdom they displayed in the days when Jesus was in Israel.
Is there a Grandfather in the House? – Part 3
What would it be like to be mentored by a Grandfather?
A question for young men: Have you thought about the advantages of being mentored by a grandfather? I realize that there are some cynics who put grandfathers in the category of “old” and therefore not relevant to this generation. It has been said that one of the characteristics of the 21st century is that “old” is out and “young” is in. Here is another famous quote, “Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.” Let me remind you that an apprenticeship, studying with one of the greats, gives you a valuable advantage.
The Key verse for this discussion is John 3:30,
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Could it be that Decrease is the New Increase?
Living a “Motivated life” can be tricky. On one hand, you get the feeling, when you look at your age, or in the mirror, or at the chapter challenge the Holy Spirit is bringing to you, that you’re in “John the Baptist” mode… on the road to decrease, while on the other hand you feel that you’re at the threshold of a new beginning.
Please consider church leadership in light of this challenge: “Growing old gracefully and passing the baton successfully.”
The 21st century can be a time of confusion and disorder in many social circles… but it doesn’t have to be. Society is re-defining itself from the youth to the aged. The young are determined to squeeze the nectar out of life, often failing to include God as much as they should; the middle aged are working feverishly to maximize their own gift to society; the older folks hoping to be remembered as having “served their generation well.”