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The Mentor We Should All Pursue

June 05, 20242 min read

We can gain so much wisdom by listening to people who have gone before us.

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to read that sentence on a blog published by a mentoring business. The definition of a mentor is, essentially, somebody who has done what you aspire to do. A mentor can tell you, from experience, what works, what doesn’t work, and what they wish they would have done differently. 

At Proven Results, we have a slightly different perspective on mentoring from what you’ll find in most other places. While we admire mentors and appreciate the value they bring to the table, we think the ultimate power comes not from the mentor, but from the guide they are following. We love Paul’s perspective in 1 Corinthians 11:1 when he says, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” We believe this is what Biblical, God-honoring mentoring looks like - following in the footsteps of a mentor who embodies what an authentic, intimate relationship with Jesus looks like.

In other words, success - both in one of our mentoring programs and in life as a whole - starts with turning your attention to Jesus as your guide and source of all good things. What makes this challenging is the large number of distractions we face daily. Each day, there are thousands of outlets and messages competing for our attention, and we must be proactive about where we direct our focus.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Chapter Two of our upcoming workbook that speaks to this issue: 

“In Matthew 22:37 (NLT), a religious leader asks Jesus what the greatest commandment in the law is. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6 and replies, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The message is clear - to love God above all else requires our utmost attention. 

If we’re going to pursue a higher level of righteousness and become the people that God has called us to be, we’re going to have to re-examine the main recipients of our attention to ensure that Jesus remains at the top of the list.

Attention, like time and money, is a zero-sum resource. We can’t simply create more attention to devote to a larger number of sources. To focus more attention in one particular direction, we must first subtract attention from someone or something else. There’s a sacrifice that’s required of us, but the potential reward of a deeper relationship with Jesus far outweighs any potential costs. 

One of our primary goals as a company is to help people block out the outside noise and give their full attention to Jesus. We’ve created a workbook to serve as a tool to help accomplish this goal. We expect this workbook to be ready within the next few months. In the meantime, if you’re not currently meeting with a mentor but would like more information, use this link to schedule a free discovery call

Shawn Lyons was called to ministry 48 years ago as a 12-year-old boy. He serves at the Harvest Church in Derry, PA, where his ministry has reached over 90 countries and 48 of the 50 US states. He is passionate about preaching and teaching the word of God and serving in the church alongside Susan. Together, they have three children and two grandson. When he’s not serving in the church or spending time with his family, he enjoys golfing.

Shawn Lyons

Shawn Lyons was called to ministry 48 years ago as a 12-year-old boy. He serves at the Harvest Church in Derry, PA, where his ministry has reached over 90 countries and 48 of the 50 US states. He is passionate about preaching and teaching the word of God and serving in the church alongside Susan. Together, they have three children and two grandson. When he’s not serving in the church or spending time with his family, he enjoys golfing.

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