Always Be Investing In Someone

Bread

Call it discipleship. Call it mentoring. Call it whatever you want, but one of our kingdom assignments is to gather people around us and invest in them. Jesus did it with the twelve, and even more with the inner circle of three. Paul did it with Barnabas, then Silas, then Timothy. Barnabas did it with Paul, then John Mark. John did it with Polycarp and Batman did it with Robin.

I read an amazing story over at Danny Brown’s blog today about the boy with the bread. He tells the story of a young boy who made an investment in others that came back around to his ultimate advantage. You should read Danny’s post.

We never waste time investing in others. You and I can probably remember conversations we had with mentors that changed our lives. Sometimes one of those conversations is worth a semester in college when it comes to hardening our wills to press on in the right direction. You need mentors like that, and somebody needs a mentor like you.

The challenge is simple. Provide bread for somebody else today.

photo credit: Emily Carlin

Recommended Reading: John Maxwell’s The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization is a great resource on this topic.

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About the Author

I'm Brandon. I'm the Lead Pastor of Grace Hills Church in Northwest Arkansas, which my wife, Angie, and I planted in January of 2012. I previously served as a Pastor at Saddleback Church and still manage Pastor Rick Warren's online, global ministry to pastors, Pastors.com. I also lead a blog about blogging, a blog about social media, and a blog about men's issues. And I've written a book - Rewired, which challenges the church to adopt social media to spread the good news about Jesus. I sometimes take on church website design projects and I coach pastors and leaders as well. I'd love to hear from you!
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  1. JG

    Good post – any chance you’d want to mentor some high school students? I’ve got 2 spots with GREAT students in an HSM small group. Thoughts? Hahahah … love ya. Looking forward to someday meeting you again in the hallway, too! JG

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