Psalm 103 Amplified
1 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—
3 Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
5 Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!
By grace have ye been saved through faith; not of works, lest any man should glory. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.’ — Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV
“Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”
My mother has played a very dominant role in my life throughout my almost 53 years of living. She was my Sunday School teacher when I was 6 years old, and she taught me the Bible. I would sit on her bed when I was a little girl and Momma would begin to teach me things and quote scriptures to prove her point.
I was never an academic powerhouse. I had a hard time hearing something for the first time and remembering it. Repetiti0n and lots of it was the way I finally got it through my thick skull! But, when Momma would quote the Bible to me, it was like my mind became a steel trap. She only had to say it once and I had it forever, even until today, many years later.
There were snippets when Momma would literally mentor me. She was a busy lady because she went to college while I was in school and taught as a public school teacher many years after I was grown. She was involved in various organizations and I didn’t always get ‘focused’ time with her. Like all mothers and people in general, it is hard for us to stay focused and concentrated on one thing for long periods of time. We don’t learn until later in life the ‘things’ really didn’t mean as much as we thought and our attention was wasted. I don’t blame Momma for this because I fell into the same trap with my own children.
When Momma was focused on teaching me life’s lessons from the Bible, it was as though I was a sponge that couldn’t soak in enough! Until this day it is that way. My mother is 76 years old come May and I am anxious for more of these ‘mentoring’ times.
One day recently, Momma and I had to make a couple of trips to Houston, and fortunately my mom began to teach me invaluable things about Jesus! I, yet again, soaked it in and craved more! During Easter, her teaching began to surface in my mind and God began to feed into my spirit in a mighty way. I had new information and I will never lose it! It brought revelation in a way I will use today, and it will bring me great peace in the years to come.
I began to post some of it on Facebook. Soon many shares began to show up and many retweets and favorited tweets on ‘twitter’ came from it. Momma hates modern social media, but little did she know her message was literally going out to thousands! You touch far more for Christ than you even can dream that you do!
I long for my mother to teach me more earnestly from her vast knowledge and wisdom. No greater heritage could she leave me. Nothing more valuable or comforting as the years progress and as long as Christ tarries His coming will I ever be given! Everyone needs a mentor.
People want titles, initials, inventions, and legacies left after they are gone…they all mean squat compared to what you give from God’s mouth to your ear to someone else’s heart! Change your priorities because if these are your priorities you are missing the whole boat! Your significance is not in what YOU accomplish, but what GOD accomplishes through you! Don’t let this be a cliché’ but a reality…please! People need what God has planted inside of you!!
Jesus was a mentor to twelve, and you are expected to be a mentor as well…don’t lose the great reward of something you can never imagine may affect the future of so many.