Does your life bring joy to you and those around you?
January is National Mentoring Month and we want to talk about someone who left a legacy of joy to those who knew him. Ray Bennett was one of our longest serving mentors. Ray mentored for 14 years. He found fulfillment in giving to his community and left a lasting impact on the four young men he mentored. Always a jokester, he showed by example how to enjoy every minute of life, having fun while being a positive and productive member of the community. Ray died on December 31st, 2015, leaving an empty spot in our hearts. Greater than the loss though, is the legacy.
Mentors know that mentoring is not always easy. Long spans of time sometimes go by before you realize you are making an impact or even an impression. Consistency, however, pays off and the lessons youth learn from your kindness and caring will be their inheritance through their adult lives.
Please take time to reflect this week. If your life is not bringing joy, begin today to find ways to change that. Whether that change is to become a mentor, to take a walk in the park with your family, or just stop long enough to enjoy the sunset.