In his book titled Fasting, Scot McKnight writes that a grievous sacred moment is what prompts us to fast and that moment is often caused by severe pain, suffering, or sorrow, which often includes the oppression of the innocent. This sorrow prompts us to focused prayer and fasting.
I entered a sun-up-to-sundown, water-only fast as part of the National Call to #Fast4Families on Dec. 3.
I fasted because of a strong conviction concerning the broken and unjust realities of the American immigration system. For our generation, immigration reform is a biblical justice issue.
It’s that time of year again and I am consolidating round-ups and summaries of my reading and writing. I am all about encouraging and challenging brothers and sisters to renew their minds at A Sista’s Journey. In addition to the Bible—I’m reading the NASB translation this year and I still have several books to go—I have completed 33 books so far this year. I have a few more books to complete before the end of the year and I have also read significant chunks of other great books like Celebration of Discipline, Community 101, and Safe People that I have not included on this list.
When I was transitioning from the military to the private sector, I interviewed for several jobs. I was thrilled when I received three job offers, all of which promised a hopeful future. The problem: I didn’t know what I wanted my future to be. One of the interviewers, who would become a dear friend and mentor, said, “Consider this opportunity as your transition job. You don’t have to turn this job into a career, but you can work hard, learn a lot, build your resume, and use this time to determine what you really want to do.”
It was great advice, which I followed. Two and a half years later, I resigned from that job and enrolled as a full-time seminary student. Over the course of several years, she helped me flesh out my personal, professional, and spiritual needs, and I will forever be grateful for that job opportunity and her mentorship.
Often we don’t know what we truly need. An effective mentor can gently guide us through those times of uncertainties in life. But finding the right mentor can be a challenge. I found mentors simply by looking around and asking the right questions. Here are some strategies I’ve used to connect with mentors.