Are you already in a conversation with the Great Mentor: “Why me, Lord? Why should I mentor?” If so, your dialogue may go something like this:
“Not sure I’m hearing correctly, Lord.”
“Don’t you have enough people to do this?”
“I’m not really the type.”
“Who would want me to tell them anything? I mean, look at my life–not exactly perfect. You know that more than anyone!”
“And besides, I’m shy (I’m busy, I’m tired, I’m ignorant of Scripture, I don’t know anyone who wants what I know, I’m not an expert, I’m not mature enough, I need a mentor myself!””)
I’ll grant you that last one. We all need a mentor. But at the same time, we need to mentor.
Notice it’s not really a dialogue. We just keep talking while God waits. When we finally let it rest, we may hear this:
- “You’re thinking about it because I’ve put it in your head.”
- “There are never enough people to mentor. ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.'”
- “Of course, it’s daunting. You wouldn’t need Me if it weren’t.”
- “If you’re Mine, you’re the type. What’s ‘type’ got to do with it, btw?”
- “I’ve got the perfect person in mind. Just waiting for you.”
So, why mentor? First and foremost, God says. Second, and almost as foremost, we aren’t meant to journey alone.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:3-5 ESV
I know. You don’t feel old. You may be insulted to be called “old.” But the truth is everyone is older than someone else. You may be younger than I am, but there is someone you know that is younger than you are. Like these beautiful ladies. I was 25 when I mentored them. They were 16. They still remember. I was the one who was blessed. #barelyolder
We are all going to be older say, by lunch. So get over the barrier of who you think you are: forever young – and revel in the fact that you are no longer in Junior High. (Praising God along with you this very minute.)
So God says, “Teach and train the younger.” It’s not a suggestion. That’s first and foremost why we mentor.
Think about it. Better than that, ask God:
Am I hearing You correctly?
Who do you want me to come alongside?
Who can help me to do a good job, for Your sake and glory?
For practical help to get you started, see Table Mentoring: A Simple Guide to Coming Alongside including 10 downloadable worksheets.
Hard to believe I (25) could mentor these guys (16.) Now they are grown up, and thanking me. And I’m surprised all over again.
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