The Bible encourages us to encourage each other. In the process of recovery, this is a necessity. Every day I wake up I thank God for all He has done in my life and I also thank Him for all the positive, spiritual mentors He has placed in my life over the tears.
In about 2003 or 2004, not sure which one. I was in lay leadership at the Salvation Army if Ferntree Gully and I attended a seminar led by John Mallison on his book ‘Mentoring to Develop Leaders’ from the encouragement I gained at that seminar and the prompting of the Holy Spirit I wrote a six-week leadership training guide based on the principles in John’s book and Robert Coleman’s book ‘The Master Plan of Evangelism’ based on how Jesus mentored His disciples. A guide we used at Ferntree Gully Salvo’s to train the leadership on how to disciple people in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. As I said every day I wake I thank God for all He has done in my life.
I believe that without a healthy support network in recovery we are doomed to failure. We cannot do this alone. But I don’t believe it’s a one-to-one relationship. I believe it is a two-to-one relationship., God working with, in and through us to affect the lives of others.
Later on today I will be posting the podcast ‘Building Support Networks’. Join me as we begin week three of ‘The 4o Days of Recovery’ together.
Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. Titus 2:1-3
Many of us have known the importance of a trusted mentor. I’ve had a number in my spiritual journey without whom I probably would not be here today. Recovery groups or other Biblically sound support groups are also healthy ways to spend our time as we seek to know God better and to grow in spiritual knowledge.
Tomorrow we will be commencing week 3 of this six-week series ‘Building Healthy Support Networks.’ We can’t progress much in recovery in isolation. Developing healthy networks goes alongside turning our wills and lives over to God. We all need accountability in our lives in order to live the lives God has planned for us each.
My wife Karen complained about the amount of time I spend typing into my iPod touch. Says he as he types in to it. From it I update all my social media and blog posts. But that’s not important.
What is important is what happened next. I remembered using it to update some posts and could not find it. For three days I searched, with my wife’s help but could not find it. Today when I woke it was on the floor beside the bed, where we had both looked previously.. Then I remembered this morning asking God to help me find it because I couldn’t on my own.
All I can work out from this is:
– God agreed with Karen, I needed to take a break.
– Instead of aimlessly searching for what was lost I should have prayed at the start and trusted God to show me whereof was when He was ready.
– Social Networking is still a great platform for sharing what God wants us to share – an audience of ???????.
Luke 15:4-7 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety- nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep. ’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety- nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!