In Week 15 of 52 Weeks of Gratefulness, I give thanks for a mentor’s admonishment.
Our long time friends, pastors and mentors Pearson and Gloria Liddell were moving thousands of miles away.
As we were seeing them off, I asked Pearson, “What do I need to work on?” “Where do you see I need to grow?” Pearson being Pearson studied the question for a moment before giving his thoughtful, heart-felt response. His reply to me in a word was, “Compassion.”
My wife remarked how she loved the response because Pearson expanded the scope and rather than make it about me personally, he gave me something for ministry.
I took his words to heart and have studied them ever since.
I could write a book from my takeaways, but the condensed summary is this:
If I don’t love you, I’m disqualified from ministering to you.
But, I do love you or at the very least I want to because Someone I love dearly loves you even more.
Pearsons admonition challenged me to always seek to have the love Christ has for everyone I encounter. It is timeless yet a timely reminder for me in this season.
I’m grateful. #52WoG