Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Blessing of Mentors

One of the great blessings I have had in life are the many men who have served as role models and mentors for me. I was blessed today to be reunited with one such person. I was able to share lunch with one of my favorite people. It had been at least 12 years since I had seen him.

Danny Holmes came to the Green Lawn Church of Christ when I was entering my junior year in high school. He came to be our youth minister. That began a good friendship that has lasted for over 20 years! I have always appreciated Danny's humility and his laidback spirit. When he was my youth minister, I especialy appreciated how he went out of his way to give attention to those who were not popular and not in the in-crowd. Some of my fondest memories in life are of small group Bible studies in Danny & Amye's apartment in Lubbock when I was a teenager and of "indoor golf" matches in the Green Lawn youth center. And, I have always been appreciative of the opporutnity Danny gave me to be his intern . . . one of my first hands-on opportunities in ministry.

The people in our lives really are the greatest of the many blessings God gives to us. The wise man of Proverbs once said, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."