A couple of times each month, I work with Options, Center for Independent Living. This organization helps young people with disabilities find jobs, gain self-esteem and get the encouragement each of them need. I am privileged to work with this organization as a volunteer mentor.
Last week, one the guys I mentor came into our meeting and said, “I have great news! I have a job interview today!” He was so excited about the possibility of getting a job. Since this was his first interview ever, we spent time talking about the interview process. I told him some of the things that I look when interviewing a potential church planter. We spoke about how he should present himself, how to shake hands and the importance of looking his interviewer in the eye as they talked. I told him to speak clearly as he answered questions and to smile. I also prayed with him as we left.
All through the afternoon, I prayed for him. As the time for his interview drew close, I was thinking about him. I told my wife later, “I almost felt like he was one of my kids.” I realize: as we have spent time together, I have come to know him and want him to move forward in life. I want the best for him.
When we invest in people, we can make a huge difference. Our investment brings influence. I realized this when the young man asked me to pray for him a few months ago. I want to continue to invest in people who are far away from God. I want to continue investing in the lives of our church planters, who in turn, invest in the lives of people in their community.
It was a good day last week with my friend. I am praying for a job for him. There is no “sure thing” when it comes to investment. I believe we will never go wrong by investing in people. I encourage you to look for avenues of investment around you.