As I was thinking about the topic of this month’s newsletter, Mentoring Matters, I began thinking about the people who have mentored me.
When I was a young Lieutenant in the Marine Corps my boss, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Lopez, was a mentor to me. He always gave me credit for everything good that happened, even for ideas that we worked on jointly. He did his best to make me look not just good, but outstanding. Conversely, if something did not go as planned, he took responsibility for it no matter who in the office might have been at fault. I have tried, although not always successfully, to model this in my own life.
As you can imagine, there is very little that I would not have done for this man. He was on my team, and he wanted only the best for me as I moved forward in my career as a Marine and as I matured as a man. I will never forget him.
This is what our mentors do at Denver Rescue Mission—they come alongside people who have not had positive role models in their lives. Mentors at Denver Rescue Mission invest time in mentees. They listen. They offer advice. They encourage. And most of all, they try and show the kind of Christ-like love they have experienced in their own lives. The same type of love Lieutenant Colonel Lopez gave me as he lifted me up.
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