The Great Commission
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20
Your career and community service can be your outreach or mission field that will give you a platform to put your faith foundation into action. Having a job affords you room to challenge yourself, to exercise your God-given talents, and to share God’s love. The commitment to community is the third step in building the foundation at leads to a life of excellence.
“Love your neighbor”
As a woman of faith, community should matter to you. Jesus said to the scribes in the passage of Mark 12: 28-34, “The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Why should community matter to you? Because Jesus said there is no other commandment greater than loving the Lord your God and loving your neighbor. In obedience to our heavenly Father, we are compelled to love others. And so this is why we serve in our community.
Become a mentor page 45 in The Study.
“God did not call us to have lots of friends, but to be a friend” Dr. Bill Anderson
As a mentor and a life coach for 20 years, I am totally convinced that we can positively affect our community one person at a time. We must first realize our need to have a lifestyle that reflects the excellence of God. We must actually live out our faith putting God first in all areas of our life. It is imperative that the actions of life model the words spoken.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
― Mother Teresa
Mentoring is defined in the Merriam-Webster as “a trusted counselor or guide”. A mentor is a coach, a tutor, or an advisor. One who speaks encouragement and wisdom to the one being mentored. A mentor is an individual, usually older, always more experienced, who helps and guides another individual’s development. This guidance is not done for personal gain. To mentor, you must be sincerely interested in someone else’s growth assisting in goals setting and holding them accountable.
Be mentored page 45 in The Study,
Women’s ways of mentoring in the business world call it “wo-mentoring”. It is a refreshing new approach that’s more about commitment and learning. Women’s mentoring is about personal growth and development. You should pair with someone who, by her very nature, will challenge you.
The most important lesson that the women’s approach to mentoring has to teach: It’s not about a mentoring relationship. It’s about a mentoring mentality. You don’t need a single mentor. God can use different mentors during a lifetime. You need is a mind-set that allows you to learn from those around you. My husband’s saying is “you are the average of the people you hang with” so with that in mind choose mentors who will challenge you, who are passionate about life, and foremost women who are in pursuit of living God’s way.
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Our pursuit of excellence demands that we have a routine of sharing our faith. We have been called to share the biblical truth about eternity with those we love. It is wonderful that we have the certainty of heaven but how much more joy we would experience knowing that we are taking our family and friends.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matthew 28:19
I believe we are not bold when it comes to sharing the Good News, the plan of salvation. Why? Is it a possibility that we truly don’t believe that hell is for real or that a loving God would condemn good people to a life of eternal damnation. And if there is hell, an eternal separation from God, than it must only be a mere annoyance and mild displeasure. It certainly cannot be fire!
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” Rev 20:15
When we truly understand the nature of the Holiness of God, we then will understand how unrighteousness and unrepentant violates His Holiness, insults His justice and be littles His grace. Jonathan Edwards is known for the most famous sermon preached in America titled, ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’. In that sermon he says,” almost every natural man who hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it; he depends upon himself for his own security; he flatters himself in what he has done, in what he is doing, or what he intends to do. Every one lays out matters in his own mind how he shall avoid damnation, and flatters himself that he contrives well for himself, and that his schemes will not fail.” God’s wrath is divine, fierce and everlasting. But God provided a way to escape His wrath by way of the cross.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
In your pursuit of excellence, make a routine that includes sharing this good news with your community. Women of faith your community’s eternal fate should matter because Heaven is real and so is Hell.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“love never fails”
“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.”