This is the 4th blog in a 7-part series on Mentorship, and deals with the third criterion: our courage to change.
In Philippians 4:13, we read, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength,” speaking to the empowerment we have through Christ. Even when facing uncomfortable changes or challenges, 2 Timothy 1:7 encourages, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” By embracing these truths, we can muster the courage to grow, to change, and to guide others in their journey with Christ.
The Holy Scriptures are replete with calls to be courageous. For example:
- Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- 1 Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
- Psalm 31:24: “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
- Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- Romans 8:31: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
These verses remind us that courage doesn’t come from our own strength or wisdom but from our trust and reliance on God. They highlight that the courage to change is not about reckless bravado but about confidence in the divine support and guidance available to us. By leaning on these promises, we can be empowered to make the changes that align us more closely with God’s will and purpose for our lives.
Take this quick assessment and see where you stand with your “courage to change.”
How willing are you to change?
Score yourself on a scale of 25 points per question, for the following four questions. See how close you score to an “A,” which would be 90% or better. Then, whatever your score, think about how you are going to improve.
FOUR QUESTIONS TO DETERMINE “DESIRE TO CHANGE”—
- I am willing to be uncomfortable with trying new things to grow as a Christ-follower and mentor to others, and be bold and courageous even though change can be painful or disruptive. Score __ (Max. 25 points)
- Those that know me would describe me as courageous and willing to get out of my comfort zone to improve my Christ-followership, and help others to do the same. Score __ (Max. 25 points)
- I have the courage to move beyond the status quo and grow to the next level of peak performance as a Christ-follower in fulfilling the Great Commission. Score __ (Max. 25 points)
- I am willing to listen to others’ wisdom to overcome doubt and challenges. Score __ (Max. 25 points)
Total Score ___ (Max. 100 points)
Based on your score, what actions are you going to take to increase your courage to change?
ACTION STEPS EXERCISE (similar exercise as yesterday’s post suggested)
If you find that you lack the courage to change, make a list of actions to take that will help you. Perhaps you can ask a mentor, spiritual advisor, pastor, or friend to help you brainstorm such a list of actions.
Share these with Christ Jesus, in your next quiet time, and share these with an earthly mentor. If you don’t have a flesh-and-blood mentor, and you think you are too old to have one, think again. Maybe that is an action you can take: Get several mentors here on earth. If you don’t see Christ as your mentor, and this is a new insight for you, as it was for me as I wrote this, then perhaps you want to formally ask for your relationship with Christ to go to the “next level” and ask for Him, the Perfect Mentor, to start mentoring you. And, if you are not having a daily quiet time, perhaps you want to start with that baby step.
CONCLUSION (repeated from the previous two posts)
Until we are in heaven, we will need mentors. And, others will need us to mentor them. May we all mentor others with the same skills and abilities that Christ had. May we all be as coachable as mentees as Christ was. And may all of us have mentors, and mentor others, helping Christ’s ministry leaders finish well. Amen. I believe this is God’s will in each of our lives. What do you think? I would love to hear from you on this subject. Feel free to write to me at the address below and share your thoughts.
Your aspiring servant,
August 3, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: For ease of reference, all scriptures quoted are from the NIV. If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.