I recently bumped a poll pertaining to age distribution on BB, I'm one of the younger guys here. Most of my life I've felt like a bit of a "lone wolf" Christian. We are called to "Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour", my question is has there been someone influential in your life that has helped you mature into the believer you are today, someone who has taken you under their wing. A family member, former pastor, deacon, choir member, SS teacher, or favorite professor. I'm not talking about idolizing people, of course all of our spirtual growth comes from our relationship with Christ and God's word. But how has God used others to help you in this journey? Although i've never had a "mentor" or someone take the time to disciple me, I have been blessed to be surrounded with Godly people. I look at the marriage of the Smiths, and see how God has provided for them and how happy they seem after 50 years of marriage/service to the Lord. I look at Sister Sue in the choir and her concern for writing down prayer requests and being fervrent in prayer. Or I look at Brother Dave and his optimism, or Brother Ned and his calm demeanor/sweet spirit despite troubles in the church. I ask this question because our faith is relational, and at times I would like to have somebody to tell me I'm out of line, or I'm looking at this or that all wrong, or I need to focus on this or that. (To an extent I guess my wife does those things :laugh And of course, if I'm in the Word like I should be the H.S will do that as well. Anyways, what says you? How has God used other believers in your life to help you mature in the faith, and how is God using you to help others mature in the faith?