11 Jan

Pam and I saw the movie, “The King’s Speech,” and I highly recommend it. It’s the true story of England’s Albert, Duke of York (played by Colin Firth), who eventually becomes King George VI in 1936. But Albert has a problem; he stammers. He’s had this debilitating speech impediment all his life, something he needed to overcome. He must give public speeches to inspire his people, especially at a time when Hitler and Nazism are on the rise. So his wife arranges for him to see an eccentric speech therapist named Lionel Logue (played by Academy award winner Geoffrey Rush). And the movie revolves around Albert’s encounters and friendship with the therapist.

The movie is rated “R” due to some bad language, but it’s worth seeing. It shows how deep and rich friendships are made and how everybody needs a mentor, even a king.

I think the most talented people have always had a mentor, including Tiger Wood who had a golf mentor. Perhaps Tiger has also shown us how we all need SPIRITUAL mentors as well so our lives can be full, healthy and Christ-centered. But it takes a desire for excellence and the absence of arrogance to achieve this.

I remember how San Francisco 49er Joe Montana won quite a number of Super Bowls and MVP awards, but in training he always wanted to be coached. Some thought that was unusual for a star player, but maybe that is why he played so well for so long.

Wanting to be coached is a sign of humility. If we are humble we will acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers and that we need help. The stakes are too high if we don’t get coached or help from others. We face daily challenges in our jobs, finances, health and relationships. These cannot be overcome unless we have a mentor who can coach us on how to get through them.  

Small Group members can be coaches to one another. Pastors can be, too. And there are many in our congregation who would love to mentor someone if asked.

But it takes humility, even in a Duke or King, to ask for help. Without mentors we will all stutter step and stammer on the principles of healthy living.


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