My function in the Body of Christ is that of an apostle. A brief synopsis of the five-fold office ministry gift will tell us that out of these five ministry gift, this office is the one graced by God with the heart of a father.
There are two prevalent characteristics to an apostle. First, they love people and second they love to make disciples. It’s not easy to be a father whether it’s a natural one or a spiritual one.
It takes patience, wisdom, determination and the ability to never give up on your child‘s dream. Regardless of how difficult this maybe, the father has to stick with the child for the long haul. His support and encouragement will be much needed, not only to pursue the dream but to help the child accomplishing it as well.
In my more than 30 years of ministry in the Greater New York area, I’ve learned one thing. We all need to have a father or mentor to assist us in identifying our purpose and gifting’s in life.
The lack of a mentor or coach will produce frustration and will make it more difficult for anyone to carry out their assignment or implement their God given purpose.
The sooner we find that person, the happier our lives will become. There is no greater disappointment for any individual than the one of not knowing what he is or what he isn’t supposed to do in life. I’ve seen many during this journey go through the most important years of their lives like a ship without a rudder, no direction, a firm vision or a map to reach a given destination.
The question of, “Why are we on this planet”; remains unanswered. Many attend college, pursue careers and others take multiple jobs in their efforts to find out what can produce true fulfillment in their lives. Some might find it for a little while but, then the momentum is gone, they are back to square one and the search for purpose begins all over again.
The good news is it is never too late to connect with a mentor or coach. I hope this blog may serve you as an avenue to begin the conversation. Let me know your thoughts and submit your comments and questions to “Mentoring Winners”. This is the reason we are whole-heartedly making ourselves available to you.
Carlos H. Lopez
Your Mentoring Coach.