Lester O’Garro has made mistakes in life. He’s learned lessons the hard way. If he can help it, others won’t repeat his errors.
As a volunteer mentor through Men of Honor program at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood, O’Garro has become a force among men in their 20s and 30s within the Wynnewood community. With each conversation, he seeks to be a positive influence upon another life.
He uses his life experiences with family, marriage, children and work as learning opportunities for young men in the housing complex. They cling to every word he says, asking questions and learning lessons. As they learn, they begin to make changes in their respective lives.
“Men in poverty need groups where they can come together and find out where they are lost. The road goes a certain way, but we fall off the road,” O’Garro said.
“In the community, guys are looking for the right direction. If you don’t have a father who’s on you like this, then you’ve got to find the right guy.”
As Christians, each of us is called to do as O’Garro is: investing our lives into those around us, helping them learn lessons from our experiences and pointing people down the correct path.
Jesus describes that road in Matthew 7.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
The road of life is full of potholes and potential missteps. Each of us has discovered both. We can warn others about them and remind people of the destination we should all desire.
Where will you guide someone this week?
- What actions can you take to point someone to Christ this week?
- How can use the lessons you’ve learned to help others?
- Look for someone at work with less experience than you. See how you can help that individual develop their professional skills as a way to build a relationship with that person.
- Engage as a volunteer mentor through a Buckner program. Visit buckner.org/volunteer to learn more about how you can change a life.