Thinking about what having a mentor has done in my life takes me back to when I didn’t have someone intentional pouring into me. I grew up in a Christian home, went to church a couple times a week, was the “good Christian kid”. But there were things in my life I didn’t show. I hid sins behind thick walls. I put on a show and became pretty good at it. No one would ever think Luke struggled to feel like he belonged or was good enough, let alone, struggled with purity. I was stuck in a cycle of sin and failure, feeling hopeless.

Having a mentor is not what solved my problems, and will not be the thing to solve yours. Coming to an understanding of who Christ is and developing a relationship with him is! That is the first step, but what having a mentor has done for me, is to develop that relationship and sharpen it. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Having a mentor, or someone pouring into you is important in your walk with Christ. I would not be able to grow in the way I am without someone pushing me to be the man God wants me to be. We all struggle with sin in one form or another. Having a mentor allows you to have godly accountability; something that is vital in overcoming temptation. I have seen victory in areas of my life because of this accountable.

Trying harder simply doesn’t work. I have, time and time again been stuck in the mindset that I can overcome temptation on my own. I end up back in my sin, doing the very thing I hate. Accountability is a tool God has given us to use to overcome temptation. It’s not easy, it’s not fun, it takes courage to admit that you have been doing the very thing you said you wouldn’t do last week. I didn’t stop sinning once I had a mentor, that’s not how it works. It takes dedication, perseverance, and vulnerability. Following Christ is one of the hardest things I have ever done. BUT definitely the most rewarding!

So how has being mentored changed my life? I have been encouraged when I felt worthless, I have been forgiven and loved when I should be cast out and forgotten. I am not perfect by any means. I am just as broken as the next person. But I am saved and redeemed by Christ! Having a person I know I can talk with about anything, without being judged is humbling and life changing. I’ve got someone cheering for me and pushing me to be a man of God.

The coolest part of mentoring is now I can go out and do the same thing for another hurting and broken person. This world is full of boys waiting to be turned into warriors! My brokenness is a part of my story. We are all broken and lost. We all need someone who is willing to bend down and help us pick up the pieces. David has bent down, he has helped me pick up the pieces of my life. I still have a long way to go, but now I don’t have to do it on my own.

 

Luke Lallement

Luke is a Graphics Design major at Wichita State University and is becoming a 2 Timothy 2:2 man as he mentors other younger guys.  Besides his hammock, Luke's other favorite place to hang out is at local coffee shops.  Soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and longboarding are also his specialties!