On our travels we often meet folk who try to assume a role of authority over us or speak in to our lives, as if somehow they have a right to, when the reality is they simply don't. Not only do they not have that right, but most simply don't have a clue as to what it is they're actually trying to do, even if they are well meaning.
However, every once in a while you get to meet someone who truly is a mentor and truly does have the skill of asking the right questions in the right way and of drawing out the best in you.
We had the privilege of spending time in the UK with Paul, one of Paula's former bosses. He now runs a mentoring network and is in the process of establishing a brilliant ministry called Chapel House.
Anyway, in the midst of our precious time with Paul & Jane, Paul asked a very simple question: "What is your greatest joy in your ministry?"
I didn't have to think for long at all to answer this; my greatest joy is releasing others into ministry and watching them soar with the eagles as God intended.
I even included a couple of slides about this in our Roadshows.
So this morning at The Gathering it was a true joy to watch Phillimon soar as he preached. But not only did he preach, he spoke from Hebrews and particularly on Jesus as our High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. Many experienced preachers and teachers would struggle with this but Phillimon was exceptionally good, he'd prepared well and it was clear that he was comfortable with the topic and his material.
What a joy it is to watch others released to soar!