Today we will look at the remainder of the mentor pledge. We are so thankful you have chosen to serve alongside us in the South Dallas community and want to make sure you have all the right tools to love your protégé and their family well. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.
I commit to recognizing that change often comes in small steps that barely leave footprints, that victories are often unseen or unspoken, and that obstacles will always be present.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.- John 15:16
You may not see the fruit of your labor but I promise you are making a difference. It is so fun to be a coordinator and hear the kids rave about their mentor at school. Each one of them feels so honored to be a part of your life even when it is hard to see. You are planting seeds that we all pray will come to fruition in the future. Know that your time, energy, prayers and investment are not wasted! I know “thank you” is not a common phrase for our kids but that does not mean they do not appreciate what you are doing for them. This is also an opportunity to teach them about gratitude because they may have never heard those words before or seen it modeled.
I commit to remaining sympathetic; to the storms weathered, to the adversity faced, and to the experiences that occur long before this child entered my life.
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.– Romans 12:10-12
It is very important to understand the challenges and obstacles these children face everyday. So much occurs in their lives in between the times they get to spend with you twice a month. Understand that when the child is upset or sensitive it could stem from things that happened days or weeks before and rarely a direct result of something you have done. Keep praying for them; more than anything else you can be another person lifting them up in prayer. Be aware of the various challenges, ask for help and constantly pray for these families!
I commit to realizing; that my actions carry new weight and responsibility, that my role can never be taken lightly, that my life will also change with this experience.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.- Matthew 5:16
Your protégé respects and looks up to you in a way they do not anyone else. The word mentor carries a lot of weight in this community and it is not a job you can take lightly. You have the ability to change the course of another’s life. You might be the only glimpse of Jesus they ever see and that is a powerful thing. You investment in their life will stick with them forever. Understand this responsibility and do not get discouraged during the more challenging times but push through to the other side!
I commit to being a mentor.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.- Proverbs 22:6
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We would be nothing without your willingness to invest in the lives of the children and youth of South Dallas. Thank you for walking along side of us and displaying Christ to your protégés, families and this community. Thank you for mentoring!
-Chandler Miner, Relationship Coordinator