How to turn success into a legacy for others instead of a monument to ourselves
You may know the story of Gideon in the Bible. We immediately picture him as brave, fearless, and strong, the words “mighty man of valour” spring to mind!
However Gideon had very low self esteem, was fearful, insecure, and was trying to hide when God sent his messenger to tell him he would save his people. He even described himself as a nobody from the poorest clan, the least in his family, not recognised by anyone for anything! However he discovered that God had a better opinion of him than he had himself.
His job was to figure out (with God’s help) how to get rid of the enemy that was raiding his family’s crops, and restore the economy back to those who had worked hard.
God asked him to go into the enemy camp and there he would be strengthened for the job! (yeah right!) He was afraid. Fair enough too I say!
God had a great suggestion… ‘If you are afraid, take Purah your servant with you ‘. It is always good to have someone you trust with you, when you are facing big issues.
Who was Purah?
- Purah was likely Gideon’s live-in Manny-Mentor-Servant who watched and cared for Gideon during his growing up years (older and wiser)
- Purah was more experienced, and knew Gideon well. God did not say take any servant with you, He specifically assigned Purah to the task
- Purah was loyal, he knew Gideon’s insecurities yet he was fiercely loyal, gave great advice, risked his own reputation, and did not divulge Gideon’s weaknesses.
- Purah did not seek his own recognition, he understood “For the Lord and Gideon” he promoted Gideon above himself.
Do you have a Purah in your life?
I would venture to say we all need a Purah __a mentor, an older, wiser, loyal person., someone who will walk with us relationally, someone who will call us mighty when we are still weak because of the potential he sees in us, someone who will address us as warriors even when we are making plans to runaway from the fight!
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” The Lord is with you, you mighty person of fearless courage” Judge 6: 12
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