I am under the belief that Jesus puts people into your life for a reason. There are people Jesus brings into your life to love you and teach you. Sometimes that’s as family members, lovers, people in your community, and sometimes that’s as mentors. For me, mentors have been the guiding light in my life.
I grew up in a family that did not know Christ so when I needed guidance in my walk with Christ, it was the strong women mentors in my life. Young men and women need people in their lives, who aren’t their parents, to guide them not only in their faith but in their life. I’ve been blessed to have many mentors in my lifetime, some through church and some through other means. I don’t know who or where I would be without them.
Don’t disregard anyone in your life who is coming to you for guidance. You may feel like your own life is too much to handle and there is no time for you to help them, but it might be an opportunity to mentor someone. Pray about the situation and God will make clear his intentions. There may be a reason God put it on that person’s heart for them, to ask you and not someone else.
God calls us to serve and sometimes that means even for people who already know Christ, sometimes it means guiding someone to strengthen their relationship with Him. I know that sounds like a lot, and it sounds like there is a lot of pressure when you are mentoring someone in that way. The truth is, God is just using you as a way to speak to that person.
Don’t feel like you have to have a perfect life to mentor someone. Part of being a mentor is letting other people learn through your experiences and mistakes, so hopefully, they don’t face the same troubles you did. It helps to be open and honest, my favorite saying. Being open and honest with anyone in your life, especially someone asking for guidance, gives you a solid foundation. Other than Christ, the truth is the most stable foundation a relationship can be built on.
So I’m not saying you should go advertise yourself as a mentor, if its meant to happen the opportunity will arise. Just don’t close yourself off to the possibilies, God calls us to be leaders and teachers so remember that includes in one on one relationships, not just on a large scale. Also, here is your reminder to go thank anyone who has mentored you in your life, even if it wasn’t regqrding your relationship with Christ. Find their adress and send them a thank you not, even if it was someone from years ago. They will appreciate it more than you know.
What are some of your mentorship stories? Feel free to share them with me!