The Virtues of Love and Kindness in Action

One of the best books I read while attending seminary was Peter Kreeft’s “Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion.” It feels like a classic, and it is a book that I continue to revisit from time to time. Kreeft begins with a simple question, “Is virtue out of date,” and continues the conversation by asking, “Whatever became of virtue?”

He writes:

Christians like all other sinners, have always been susceptible to vice, but today we no longer seem to know what vice and virtue are.

 

The solution to the first problem is repentance and divine grace—something a book [and I would add, a blog post] cannot help much with. But the solution to the second problem is knowledge, and there a book can help.   

The thing is: virtue must be learned, taught, and practiced. This is how we increase our knowledge. Parents of young children understand this full well. We are in a constant pattern of teaching, correcting, and providing discipline because we love our children, and we want them to grow-up to become virtuous people.

The same is true of our spiritual maturity. When we grow in our understanding of the very spiritual things that we lack, we can then practice what we have learned until that practice becomes a habit, that habit becomes a discipline, and that discipline shapes our character.

When I think of mentoring as intentional discipleship, specifically regarding my mentoring relationships with young people, so much of that service involves leading a virtuous life in front of them (i.e. leading by example), teaching them how to “be” in this world, and then giving them the opportunities to practice or “do” what they have seen modeled and taught.

50 Acts Introduction

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Mentoring 106: Mentor for Life

We are closing our mentoring series with the same title of the book, “Mentor for Life.”

You can catch up on Parts 1 through 5 of the series here: Mentoring 101: Freedom, Mentoring 102: Mentor for Joy, Mentoring 103: Love, Mentoring 104: Peace, and Mentoring 105: Hope.

When my publisher and I came up with the book title, “Mentor for Life,” we were contemplating what mentoring for God’s kingdom purposes actually does. I have seen in my own life, and in the lives of those that I have the privilege of influencing that mentoring can indeed change a life.

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Natasha’s Study: The Broken Way

Natasha’s Study: The Broken Way

Today for “Natasha’s Study” I am reviewing the book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp.

The Broken Way

Why I picked up this book:

2016 was a pretty traumatizing year for many people of color in America, and at the time of this book’s release, I thought it would be exactly what I needed to nurse myself back to a place of healing.

 

Who Should Read The Broken Way:

Readers who enjoyed “One Thousand Gifts,” will also appreciate this contribution from Ann. While reading, I was reminded over and over again that we are all broken. We are just broken in different ways. If it is your desire to journey through your brokenness, then this would be a good resource for you.

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