DeVern Fromke is the author of Ultimate Intention – a book that revolutionized my understanding of God’s mission when I was in my 20s. Fromke ministered with T. Austin-Sparks, the man who has had the greatest impact on my work. Fromke also ministered with Stephen Kaung, another mentor of mine (and a co-worker to Watchman Nee).
I met Fromke when I was 28. Since then, I’ve made it a priority to keep in regular contact with him via phone, email, and through in-person meetings. I sought him out and made hearing him speak a priority.
One of the saddest things in life is to have the opportunity to be in the presence of greatness, and let it pass by. DeVern Fromke was a great man. And I thank God for seizing every opportunity to sit at his feet and learn from him, even when it was inconvenient. Fromke went to be with the Lord last Friday (October 28th, 2016). And heaven is now richer. But there is a lesson to be learned.
Regrettably, I meet so many Christians in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who have made the fleeting things of this life their chief priority. They see no need for mentors. And so they will blithely decline life-altering opportunities to learn from those who are ahead of them. All because it’s too “inconvenient.”
The good news is that there’s still time to adjust our priorities. Few things in life are more important than learning from those who are ahead of you and making valuable connections. In one of my podcast episodes — 5 Reasons to Have a Mentor — I sketch out some critical reasons why having a mentor is crucial. You can check it out here – the page also has some key articles on mentoring that say much more.
MY CHALLENGE: Beginning January 2017, choose to invest in learning from those who are ahead of you. Life is short, so don’t let those opportunities pass you by. Regret is a horrible thing to live with.
More Radical Than Pagan Christianity
News Announcement: I’m presently working on a titanic project that’s slated to release in late 2017. Make sure you’re on my mailing list to get the details. If you’ve benefited from anything I’ve ever written or spoken, I’m confident you will love it. There will only be a limited quantity made so you don’t want to miss the release announcement. I can’t say more about it now, except that the project is more radical than my 2008 book, Pagan Christianity that I wrote with Barna. But it will go way beyond “church” matters and tackle issues that affect every believer today.
See also DeVern Fromke: His Best Work