This is a very special post … but first, a Note:
Beginning on September 5, I (Dawn) will post LOLwithGod.com posts once a week, rather than every other day. I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to share so often, but I need to follow my own advice and pare down some of my schedule so I can move forward into what God has planned.
Thank you for your continuing friendship to Pam and I as we LOL together with you and grow in the things of the Lord. We’d still love to hear your LOL stories … keep them coming! ~ Dawn
John Lorenzen shared this funny story about mentoring:
When John was 12 years old, he and his dad were remodeling the back porch, removing furring strips from a brick wall. Each strip had a lag bolt on the top and bottom. His dad showed him what to do ~ take out the bottom bolt and then the top. Unfortunately, John removed the top bolt first and then, as he tried to remove the lower one, eight feet of furring strip dangled above him. Just as he was about to speak of his accomplishment, the furring strip detached from the wall and hit him on the head, crashing to the linoleum floor.
“You okay, Son?” the father asked, smiling. (John, in pain, didn’t see anything funny.) “What happened?”
John rubbed his head. “I don’t know.” John’s dad asked him if he removed the lag screws in any order, and John answered, “No, I just took them out!”
“Can you think for a minute which one you take out first?” Dad questioned. A light bulb switched on in John’s brain and he explained to his father that he should have taken out the bottom bolt out first and then stood up and worked on the top bolt.
“Why didn’t you STOP me, Pop?” John said.
The wise father replied, “I wanted you to LEARN something.” (1)
John’s dad mentored him in a simple teachable moment. That’s what good mentors do ~ they don’t just provide instructions, they teach. They model. They encourage.
READERS, this may seem like a private post, and I admit it’s long … but please stay with me. (At least enjoy the photos!)
Pam Farrel has been my mentor for more than three years, and I want to share a tribute to her today. God brought us together, and I have learned so much from this sweet woman of God: How to write succinctly, speaking skills, marketing wisdom, persistence, the value of networking, the importance of good training, the necessity of visionary thinking, the power of encouragement, the joy of an adventurous spirit, and the courage to step outside my comfort zone.
Pam rose from difficult circumstances into a place of influence, and she has not forgotten how others loved, encouraged, and mentored her to bring her to this good place.
In response, she now mentors others through a number of groups and “circles” (Seasoned Sisters, The Joy Zone, Circle of Influence, Young Circle of Influence, Linked for Purpose, etc.) ~ sharing her expertise, encouragement, and godly example.
She takes to heart Psalm 145:4: “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” She does this, certainly, in the lives of her sons and grandchildren, but also in the lives of women who are now, as she says, her BBFs (Best Friends Forever).
Yes, Pam has written a slew of books, and yes, she speaks all over the world … but I think a huge part of Pam’s legacy will be the individual women she has encouraged and challenged as she rubbed shoulders with them in ministry and mentoring. The beauty is, Pam is viewing some of the fruit of her labors now, but she will no doubt see even more in eternity.
In Pam’s own words in Woman of Influence, “Mentoring/influence is like the helicopter seeds of a dandelion. You don’t know the impact of the seeds you sow ’til they blossom in the garden of another’s life.” (2)
Not every Christian woman does what Pam does, and there’s a reason why.