Passing the Baton – Devotional

A few months ago I attended a women’s conference and was stopped in my tracks by God. We had come off a break time and I had just gotten a fresh cup of coffee and was settling in to hear the next speaker. My coffee was forgotten when a young women about twenty three took her place on the podium. She began to share a little of her life, struggles and the journey she was on seeking the path God had for her. As she shared I could hear the struggles of my own three daughters’ in her story and God began to do a work of conviction in my heart. It was near the end when this young woman had every one under 25 stand and only herself and two others stood in that group of at least 200 women. It was then I heard the message loud and clear to my own heart. She asked those of us sitting, “What do we do when all of you are gone, who will mentor us”? I knew what a gift mentors had been to my own three daughters and the challenge to me was whose life could I build into, who could I encourage in the faith or even share the faith with for the first time? Not long after that conference an opportunity opened up for a friend and I to mentor two young ladies with the Compass. It has been such a wonderful experience as we share life, pray together, encourage one another and strengthen these girls in the faith. My friend and I have received so much from these two girls and it has been a thrill to watch God as he meets us week by week. Part of the call on every one of us is to pass the legacy of faith on to the next generation.

Deuteronomy 6:7 says:

“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.”

(The Message)

Hebrews 10:24-25 says:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NIV)

Philemon 6 says:

I pray you will be active in sharing your faith so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ”. (NIV)

My challenge would be for you to ask God to show you, who in your sphere of influence needs to be encouraged, built up in the faith, blessed by community or introduced to the gospel for the first time. Then take active steps to initiate the connection and see where God takes you as you follow His heart for the world. You have all you need in Him step out and watch His ripple effect.

2007-10-23T11:21:22+00:00 October 23rd, 2007|Devotionals|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. abbaschild December 3, 2007 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I have also felt the call to mentor and did not realize until I started to listen to younger women that they are looking and desire that kind of relaitonship. I myself would love to be mentored by someone older than me and to glean from thier years walking with the Lord. I really believe as followers of God we need to strengthen the generational grasp and spur eachother on. I would love to know how others create opportunities to gather intergenerationally to encourage each other.

  2. Eleanor Shepherd May 6, 2009 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I have a strong conviction that this is what the Lord is calling us to do as older women. Perhaps the most important thing for us to do is to learn to listen, to God and to our younger sisters. I am passionate about this, but still need to work at learning how to do it effectively. Starting a group, using the Compass has helped me to move that way.

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