I recently was privileged to attend a small gathering of key people involved in worship. Of the 35 people there, there were folks from 15 different states and two other countries. A lot happened during the two days together. One of the things that struck me the most, though, was the consistent mention by the younger folks of their need for the “fathers,” mentors, those who had been walking in the ways of God for longer. They expressed the absolute necessity of having someone to turn to, someone to learn from. They recognized that they had zeal but they needed wisdom. They were sincere and humble in their desire for relationship with those who were older and more experienced.
It was refreshing to hear such things.
There is too often an attitude among the younger generation that they are self-sufficient. “I’ve got everything I need. I don’t need anyone, especially someone older.”
The humble recognition of these younger leaders that they need fathers/mentors was both exciting and encouraging.