At Pit Stop (middle school youth group) we’re going through a superhero themed teaching series. The students are eating it up. I had no idea we had so many comic book fans in the youth group. So fun to stumble upon something they love. Last week we talked about how we all need heroes. It’s a universal phenomenon…all cultures have stories of heroes…stories of people who brought hope, solved problems, and helped people. There’s something about heroes that we are drawn to.
Of course, our ultimate hero is Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right had of the throne of God.” Talk about someone who brought hope, solved problems, and helped people! Jesus did it all. He’s the perfect embodiment of a hero.
But the scriptures model a different kind of hero as well. The relationship of Paul and Timothy shows us another kind of hero. A quick read of I & II Timothy reveals Paul as a mentor to the young pastor Timothy. You may not think of a mentor as a hero, but I think it’s a very fitting description. A hero is someone that we look up to. Someone that we aspire to be like. Someone that we respect for who they are and what they stand for.
We’re drawn to heroes, so I would suggest to you that we all have mentors. Whether you’ve consciously chosen them or not, there are people in your life that have influence over you. People that you listen to a little differently. People that you smile a little more around. People that you put in a different category.
Personally, I have many people that I would consider mentors. Some of them don’t even know that I think of them that way. I find it tremendously helpful to have a mental list of who I can go to for advice in certain areas. I would encourage you to consider who some of your mentors are. It might be just the thing you need; after all, we all need heroes.