Whether a hand puppet or digitally animated, Yoda is one of the greatest characters in the Star Wars universe. He’s not great because of his command of the Force. He’s not great because of his skill with a lightsaber. Yoda is great because of his ability to train and mentor Pandawans and Jedi Knights. Yoda came alongside those he mentored and helped them realize their full potential.
We all need a Yoda in our lives.
Obi-Wan had Yoda. Timothy had Paul. Zach Morris had that Native American in an episode of Saved By the Bell.
We all need mentors in our lives. Mentors are people who will come alongside us and share their wisdom and insight. Mentors will invest in our lives in order to see us become more fully the people who God created us to be.
One of my mentors is my youth pastor, Kevin. Technically he’s not my youth pastor anymore. To me, though, he’ll always be my youth pastor and he’s still one of my mentors. Whenever I need guidance or direction in my life or ministry, I know that Kevin is only a phone call away – that is a phone call I gladly make. I’m not so willing to make that phone call just for Kevin’s wisdom and insight, but because he wants to see me reach my full potential. There’s nothing more you could ask for from a mentor.
So who is your Yoda?
Who is the person in your life who comes alongside you, invests in your life and wants to see you reach your full potential?
Is it a pastor?
Is it a family member?
Is it a teacher?
And if you don’t have a Yoda in your life, who could that person be? From whose wisdom and insight could you benefit? Who has knowledge that, if learned, could propel you forward in life? And what would it take to connect with that person and see if he or she would be willing to invest in your life?
We all want to accomplish something with our lives – whether that’s with our families, in our education, throughout our careers or for God’s kingdom. In order to pour into others, though, we need to have people pouring into us. We need mentors to invest in our lives and help us see just how big of an impact we can have.
And if they’re small enough for us to carry around in a backpack, that might not be too bad either.
How have mentors invested in your life?