A Mosaic of Memories – Dr. Bob’s Three Hundredth Mentoring Minute

I’m Dr. Bob. This is the three hundredth Mentoring Minute. Have you considered what you will leave behind when your days are finished and you move on to eternity? Hey, we are all headed there. A legacy does not begin with the end of things. It starts and is built in the now. When you are gone, the complete legacy of your life will remain, and it will represent how you touched your world. It will cover all of your activities and every one of your opportunities to be an influence to those you encountered. It will define how people will remember you. John 15:16 (NKJV) records Jesus saying, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”

At a recent memorial service I attended, I heard Pastor David Briggs say, “You will be a mosaic of the memories of those who knew you.” A mosaic is made of diverse elements that form an image. It can be a good image or one not so good. The greatest impression you can leave behind, when you eventually move on to eternity, will be a mosaic of memories in those God brought across your path. Everything you say, all that you are and all that you do, will represent individual pieces in the mosaic of your life. Taken as a whole, they will give an eternal picture of how you influenced your world in the time you had here on earth. I’m Dr. Bob. Here is the point of this Mentoring Minute. The only one who can create and arrange the pieces in your life’s mosaic is you. Now that is worth some careful meditation. Selah.

A Mosaic of Memories


Five “K,” Ten “K”… All the Way

Here are some thoughts about the Christian race we run. There is a long-term goal for all of us, which is eternity with Christ. The way we get there is to take it one step at a time. Each of our steps turns into many. It’s like a person who runs a marathon. The idea is (more…)


Don’t Go Back

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to encourage you not to look back or go back to the old influences and ways of behavior from your past. This is good advice. It covers three specific areas of life – your thinking, feelings and behavior. Romans 6:13-14a (NKJV) says, “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. It continues to say, {14} …for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 12:2 (NLT) says, “…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Your future success begins with your thinking. Work toward a personal transformation in the way you think. Take encouragement and direction from God’s instructions in Romans 12:2. If you will change your thinking, changes in the way you feel and act will follow. Here is your confession as you look ahead. “I have the mind of Christ. I am thinking like a champion for Jesus. I am changing from glory to glory. I will move to all God has for me.” You can listen to my previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blogs. Be sure to take advantage of the free resources on the website.

Don’t Go Back


The Prayer You Don’t Want Answered

I’m Dr. Bob, and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to let you know there is a prayer that you do not want God to answer. There will be times when God asks you to enter into a new season. These times will carry a substantial change for your life. When this happens, do not even consider praying, “God, please don’t make me do this.” He might or might not honor your prayer. That is His decision. However, if you will accept His will, and move forward in obedience and trust, you can be sure His will for your life is always best. Romans 8:28 (NKJV) says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” God is faithful and His plans for you always are best. In times of change, embrace an expectation for something great from God. Trust Him for it. As you do, you will find your willingness to trust in the Lord will reward you. Here is a good way to change your prayer. Pray, “God, I will gladly move ahead, knowing you are with me and have a great plan for me. Let your will be done in my life. In Jesus name, Amen. Then move ahead with confidence, knowing the best is yet to come. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s a Mentoring Minute and a prayer that you can wrap your life around. You can listen to my previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blogs.

The Prayer You Don’t Want Answered


A Lifestyle of Expectations

I’m Dr. Bob, and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to talk to you about expectations. We all live with expectations. Doing so is a part of life. As a pastor, I have counseled people whose lifestyle was one that featured a consistent expectation of trouble, disappointment and failure. I have been saddened to see this in so many good people. However, the vast majority of those I pastored lived with the expectation of God’s promises, blessings and when needed, His supernatural intervention. The choice was obvious. It was a choice of attitudes. The outcomes they experienced were equally obvious. Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Listen carefully. If you make the choice to live with positive expectations that are founded on the promises of God, you can expect the inevitable, supernatural intervention of God. Expect Him to honor His Word that says He has a plan for your life – a plan for peace and not for evil. What will be your choice? The quality of the next season of your life will depend on it. You can listen to my previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blogs.

A Lifestyle of Expectations


Value the Process

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to encourage you to value whatever God is taking you through today, regardless of how uncomfortable it might feel. We all go through times and seasons of life in which God works in us, through us and around us. These times have divine purpose, but often may be accompanied by uncertainty, frustration and a lack of understanding. The word “process” means: a systematic series of actions directed to some worthwhile end. Try to understand that God’s interest is in the current process. He does not focus on the end. It is not about where you will eventually arrive at, but about transforming you into the right person for the journey. God knows that as you make it through the process, you will become exactly what He designed and desires you to be. Your divinely designed destiny always requires a process. Here is my advice. Do not despise the process. It has incredible value. It will make you all He wants you to be. Then, you will be more than able to get where He wants you to go. I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at Dr. Bob@mentoringministry.com and let me know how your thinking about the process has changed, or even better, how you have changed.

Value the Process


Fly Out or Fry Out

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to talk to you about birds in the chimney. I used to live in the northern part of the United States. We had a fireplace in which we burned wood on cold winter days. This never happened to me, but I heard about someone who had birds living in his chimney. He wanted to build a fire, but could not, because the chimney was occupied and the smoke from his fires could not escape through it. This was an inconvenience for him, but a far bigger problem for the birds. Their home had seemed safe, secure and comfortable. However, they did not know the danger in which they had placed themselves. Once the heat would be turned up, they could either stay in what seemed comfortable, or choose to move out into the cold to something new. If the birds failed to sense their predicament, they faced destruction. They had a choice. They could fly out or fry out. Often we have a similar choice. We have been in a safe and comfortable place, but the season is changing and now it is time to fly out to something new. I’m Dr. Bob Perhaps it is time for you to mount up with wings as Eagles and fly out before you fry out.

Fly Out or Fry Out


Show Me a Dreamer

I’m Dr. Bob. For just a mentoring minute, I want to speak of dreamers. Show me a dreamer who is a finisher and I will show you dreams that became realities. The best stepping-stones to your dreams are the faithful completion of the tasks you had before you. Make completion a pattern of your life! Completion brings consistently favorable results. These results are your path to your dreams! Here is the sequence: dream a dream from God, finish the things you start, walk in favorable results, and find the fulfillment of your destiny! I’m Dr. Bob. You serve a big God. Dream big dreams. Contact me at www.mentoringministry.com and tell me about your dreams.

Show me a Dreamer


Highway to Heaven

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute I want challenge you to consider eight words that can change your circumstances, even as they change your life. In Acts, Chapter 9, Saul was on a road to destruction. There, in a blinding flash of glory, he met the King of Kings. All he could do was surrender to eight life-giving words. He asked, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” As he received his answer, the dark fog of sin lifted. With darkened eyes and an enlightened heart, Saul saw the way. Now love would light the journey to his destiny. He found his highway to heaven. Speak those same eight words, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Watch the darkness lift, and take a walk with Jesus! I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at www.mentoringministry.com and let me know how the journey is going.

Highway to Heaven


Patterns

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute, I want to talk to you about patterns. Life’s habits are the patterns that make up, determine and even control our lives. If you wish to change what your life looks like, begin by identifying one small pattern that pleases neither God nor you. Modify it or replace it with a new pattern that pleases both God and you. Make this new pattern a part of your life. Then, after a while, search your soul for another pattern you can easily change or replace. Add it to the first new one. Now, you are beginning to transform your life, one pattern at a time. You will become all God designed you to be. Think about it. Share this with a friend. I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at www.mentoringministry.com and let me know what you think.

Patterns