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An Excellent Thing

The service of the Lord is light, wonderful, and pleasant.

The service of the Lord is light, wonderful, and pleasant. It is an excellent thing to place oneself in the hands of a holy mentor, that he may direct one's path through life.

- The Rule of Comghall (Irish, 6th or 8th century)

...and 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

Truly it is an excellent thing to place oneself in the hands of a holy mentor. My first mentor in the Christian faith was Rick Duwe, the man who led me to Christ. He was friendly, funny, interested in me, and very serious about the faith.

Rick put up with a lot of nonsense from me, but only to a point. He knew when to push, what to say, and how to say it so that it would be heard. And then he would be there to help me put into practice what he insisted I had to do if I was going to be serious about following Jesus.

In these days of laissez faire Christianity such a holy mentor may be hard to find. But find one, if you can. Find someone who means business about following Jesus, who understands the priorities of the divine economy, and who loves you enough to tell you when to cut the nonsense (and how) and to bring your life into greater conformity to the call of Christ.

Now I have numerous holy mentors, beginning with my wife, Susie, and including the five men who have just finished a year of preparatory studies and are becoming Members of The Fellowship of Ailbe.

Could you be such a holy mentor yourself? Would that not be an excellent thing? Consider how many might benefit from your reaching out as a true soul friend, to take up in earnest the journey of faith with another, so that you sharpen one another like iron on iron until the sparks fly and the gleaming edge of Jesus becomes more apparent in you both.

Following Jesus is serious business, my friends. There just aren't enough serious followers currently in the Savior's employ. How about you?

Today in ReVision: The Power of Culture - Maybe the culture of the contemporary Church has blinded you to the reality of what it means to follow Jesus?

This Week's Download: Soul Friends - Why would you not want to be and have one - or more?

T. M. Moore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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