January is National Mentoring month so they were discussing that during the Rockets game this evening. Bill Worrell made his little promo announcement and Bullard fired back something about how mentoring is more than just a hashtag, then…
uncomfortable silence for what felt like 10 minutes
Before Worrell redeemed and gave a heartfelt anecdote about how mentoring is the best thing that anyone could do with their time. He even threw in something about “youngsters” which is something that only sweet old people say.
But it got me to thinking, we sure do spend a lot of money and time encouraging people to get involved in mentoring and there are always far more kids that need a mentor than there are mentors to match them with.
I think part of it is invisible. If you aren’t a parent of school aged children, then you’re not really around kids. Which makes any problem, if there is one, out of sight and out of mind.
I think there is fear behind it. Kids, especially teenagers, can be punks and intimidating and it isn’t fun. What if you get one who is messed up? Well, guess what? You’re messed up and I love you, so problem solved.
To me it comes down to this: Mark 10:14:
“14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Jesus, friend of sinners, break our heart for what breaks yours!