If you mentor, who mentors you? In this series, I will introduce you to my go-to gals, my mentors in four key areas: faith, fitness, style and home. Because sometimes we just need to lean in and learn too!
Today, I would like to introduce you to my mentor in faith. If I need a shot of faith or I have a prayer request, Shadia Hrichi is my go-to! She can bring the power of the Holy Spirit into the hard to reach places faster than anyone I have ever seen, and yet she is a mere mortal. Which makes her a perfect mentor…for me.
Here is Shadia’s bio:
Shadia Hrichi is a passionate Bible teacher, author, and speaker. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is author of several Bible studies, including her latest release, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me. She is often invited to speak at conferences, churches, and other events. Visit shadiahrichi.com.
Partnering with God to Leave a Legacy
I have a friend who has been quietly partnering with God to leave a legacy for His Kingdom few outside of Heaven would recognize. She has a divine gift of “spotting” someone in need. She seems to see right through their mask and into their heart. She ministers to people quietly, without much fanfare, but makes a world of difference in each of their lives. I know because ten years ago, she “spotted” me.
Every so often someone comes along who so inspires others that he or she is remembered years later. Perhaps a preacher, a songwriter, or president. However, this story is not about creating a legend, but leaving a legacy for the Kingdom of God.
I was reminded of her heart for the hurting when one day she called me from her hospital bed. She’d been there over a month, hundreds of miles from home with-of all things-a stubborn broken leg that refused to heal. After seven surgeries, no one, most especially my friend, was prepared for all of the frightening complications.
Still, one morning she found the strength to call me. She asked me to locate a God-honoring pregnancy center to help a young nurse she befriended. The woman was a single mom, pregnant and frightened. I was truly inspired to see my friend’s heart, despite all she was going through, still reaching out to others.
All too often, we think that partnering with God to build a great, impacting ministry only occurs at a pulpit, piano, or podium. My friend reminded me that there is only one place we need to be to partner with God: in His Presence.
Leaving a Legacy for the Kingdom of God
Where are you right now? Do you want to leave a legacy for the Kingdom of God, but feel hindered or inadequate? Are you waiting for something to fall neatly into place and then God can use you? We are tempted to think we must be in the right place and time based on our limited view of what that looks like. However, God sees things differently.
The apostle Paul wrote most of the New Testament while in prison; Jesus announced His resurrection to a woman crying by an empty tomb (John 20); God gave the Revelation to John during John’s exile on the island of Patmos. When you think you can’t be used by God to impact His Kingdom, please remember my friend: while laying immobile on a hospital bed hundreds of miles from home, she stood in the very Presence of God, and God, seeing that her heart for His Kingdom was exactly in the right place at the right time, brought someone in need to her.
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men [and women] lay hold of it.” (Matthew 11:12)
Mentors, you are in the right place now! Your legacy is being forged now. If you need a faith mentor, you are welcome to borrow my friend, Shadia.
(This post is also featured as today’s Daily Devotional on the Christian Broadcast Network.)