Mentors make all the difference in the world. Mrs. Walker was my Chorus teacher in High School. She recently received an award for many years of service teaching music, and some of her former students gathered at her son’s house to show our honor and love to her…
Mrs. Walker is magnificent. I was one of the shy ones in school, and so I don’t think she even knows how much she influenced me. I just attended my Chorus class, tried out for the crowd parts in her plays, and sang with the Misfits (a small group that performed in various places). Not much of a star…but learning to sing in the shadow of Mrs. Walker’s love was one of the best things about High School. She believed in everyone, and she made everyone feel loved and important. She taught us to care for each other, and she taught us to listen to our neighbors, and she taught us to harmonize.
Harmony takes work. You don’t always get to sing the easy melody lines, but when you work at hearing the harmonies, it makes the song that much more beautiful. In harmony, no one is singled out, but the perfect vibrations come when all parts are in tune with each other.
Mrs. Walker taught me more than she’ll ever know, mostly because she is a person of deep joy and sure strength. So many of her former students are in love with Mrs. Walker! (She has a new last name now, but to me she’ll always be ‘Mrs. Walker.’) She brought me music, and how do you thank someone for that?
Mentors make all the difference in the world. And that’s one of the deep lessons in life.
In our Scriptures, Paul mentored young Timothy when he reminded him:
“I know that you sincerely trust the Lord, for you have the faith of your mother, Eunice, and your
grandmother, Lois. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when
I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love,
and self-discipline. So you must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.” Timothy 1:5-
Timothy was young, but he had a gift to tell others the good things that were going on because of the love of Jesus, his Lord. And he was able to do his thing because he had great mentors: a grandmother, a mother, and a man who believed in him, called Paul.
You have been mentored, and you are mentoring others. It is the circle of life that brings great joy and deep meaning. Keep up the good work, and keep on telling your story with power, grace, and deep love.