It has occurred to me just today that there is a reason military servants retire after 20 years. They are much like athletes in that their years of fitness for the job are circumscribed by the limitations of the human structure: physical, mental and emotional. I leave the spiritual dimension out because the spirit transcends the body proper. Anyway, I thought of this as I was reading Called to Controversy and I got to the period of time in Moishe Rosen’s life when his followers were no longer single young adults, but were married couples having children. In the 1970’s he was mentor to the generation of youth who became the force behind Jews for Jesus. In the 1980’s, however, the seasoned staff had their own identities and their own strategies and were mentoring their own staff. The organizational leaders, shaped by Moishe’s mentoring, forged ahead as their mentor left the streets to join other seasoned organizational leaders in configuring global evangelistic campaigns.
Reading this chapter in the book made me think about my own life and how I am experiencing some of the same transitions that Moishe had experienced. I talked to young Ashley after free clinic yesterday afternoon. She had just begun a supervisory position in home health and was feeling uncertain. Linking her with another manager was key, and that happened. Another mentee, who was a former student of mine, is in Uganda giving her life to help the Invisible People and I can help her with fundraising. Another is in Hong Kong teaching Spanish, French and music in an international school and loves to show college students how they can have a cross-cultural semester there. With herniated discs in my back at age 60, I can not even think of sitting in a plane to go half way around the world, but all these young women can, and are. They send me e-mails and tell me of their adventures. I pray for them and I support them monetarily, but I am not “on the ground” so I have little to do with their daily operations. They are now mentoring others and I am “friend.” I am happy with that. The battle is still great and I have retired from active duty, but I have been in the battle and know the way to fight the battle. I have a large network of colleagues in key places of authority who know how to get things done quickly and efficiently. As a parish nurse, I now find myself in the war room pouring over the “maps,” coordinating resources for those on the front lines and offering words of encouragement when the battle gets long and hard.
Today I relished these words from Isaiah 8 in my early morning devotions
11 The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,
12 “Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you.
13 Do not fear anything except the Lord Almighty.
He alone is the holy one.
If you fear Him, you need fear nothing else.
14 He will keep you safe.
And so I am off with Cherie to meet with the pastor of a mega-church in the county to introduce him to Parish Nursing. Cherie has a word from the Lord for him. I have the strategic plan. Please pray.
Battle ready in Him,