In 1743, when George Washington was only eleven years old he was not only on a journey to become the first President of the United States, but during this year he also started his own fatherless journey. Washington is known for several great historical achievements, but few know that he conquered the fatherless journey as well. Despite his circumstances, he went on to become one of our nation’s greatest historical figures.
Well then, maybe every fatherless kid out there could learn something from this and suck it up and move on. Not so fast! One of the reasons that President Washington was able to rise above his adversity was because he had a mentor in his life. Soon after his father died, his half-brother Lawrence stepped into his life as a father figure for him. Lawrence remained a mentor in George Washington’s life until he passed away in 1752. George Washington, 20 at the time of his half-brothers death, then went on to lead in the accomplishment of some of the greatest historical events in the founding of our nation.
The question that we should ask is would George Washington have been as successful as he had been if he would not have had a good mentor in some of the most influential years of his life.
One of the most interesting parts of being fatherless is that you get to have Mentors. What truly is a Mentor? A definition of a good Mentor would be the following: A Godly influence that one is able to watch, imitate, and gain knowledge from in a positive manner; filling the void of being a fatherless child or teenager. Whether direct or indirect a mentor helps guide the child or teenager down the right path of life. Just like George Washington, all fatherless individuals need a father figure in their life as well. What fatherless children or teens in your school, church or community need a Christian mentor in their life? Trust God to provide the mentors for them. God will provide! In Psalm 84:11 it says: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
There are both direct and indirect mentors. They can switch in and out at different points in an individuals life. They may be closer to one more than the other. Direct mentors are those individuals that do things for them directly at this very moment. The fatherless know that they are trying to make a difference in their life as well. Indirect mentors are those individuals that the fatherless watch and then they begin to follow some of their life patterns. This could be an employer, a pastor, a teacher, a coach, a relative, or someone else. The exciting thing about mentoring is that the mentees have the ability to pick up the best qualities of the mentors in their life. They have the chance to learn completely different things from each of them. Some of the things they will learn will be a mixture of what a couple of their mentors will teach them.
Having mentors can be fun for the fatherless if they allow it to be that way. A key part in their acceptance of the mentors is them first accepting that they truly are fatherless, and understanding that they cannot learn these things on their own. Will you be one of these men or women of God in your local community that will heed to the teaching of James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”?
The fatherless need Christians to rise up and help them. Will you be one of those Christians?
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