March Mentor Monthly
March Focus: Who We Are
“… but we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope”
Romans 5: 3-4
Perseverance, Character and Hope.
Our goal is to instill these three things in our children at MentorKids Kentucky. We want them to be able to persevere through the trials of life, building their character in the process, and know that no matter what, they can always find hope in Jesus. The verse of the month, Romans 5: 3-4, tells us that we rejoice when there is suffering because it produces perseverance, which produces character, and character produces hope. Often the kids we interact with are going through some of the hardest times in their lives and need to be reassured that they will get through trials and they are not alone.
If you are able, share with your mentee about a hard time in your life and how God led you through it. Explain to them how you were able to gain perseverance, character and hope through that moment. Tell them that over the next 3 weeks you all will discuss what it means to have perseverance, character and hope.
Perseverance: to continue in a course of action even when there is difficulty or there is little chance of winning.
Discuss with your mentee that there are going to be times in their life that are going to be tough, but God will always be there for them. They can always pray to Jesus and He will come to them.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Perseverance in the trials of life builds character.
Character: the qualities of a person that makes a person who they are.
Character is often built by the experiences a person goes through, such as trials or moments of joy. Explain to your mentee that they can build good character or bad character through life experiences. They have a choice in how their life turns out. Good character can be summed up in the Fruits of the Spirit. It can also be doing the right thing when no one is looking.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…”
Character produces hope.
Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Having faith in Jesus produces hope that good will come out of any situation, good or bad. Share with your mentee how you came to have hope in Jesus (share your testimony).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God…”
“Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…”
Matthew 6 25-34