“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11
On Sunday, my mom turned ** years old. (She wouldn’t like me to say the actual age!) I celebrate my mom as she has been such a great mentor and teacher to me for my ** years. (Notice I’m not saying my age either!)
When I was in my early adult years, I made it a point to look for the older person at my church that I would watch and learn from. I wanted to attend the Sunday School classes for the more mature adults because I wanted to see how they maneuvered through life, how they used the scriptures in their lives and catch that fever they had for God’s word.
Many young women in the churches today have the desire to find a mentor who will step into that role, but they find it difficult to find that certain woman. “ I’m not qualified”, “I don’t know what that means”, “do I really want to commit to that?” are some of the reasons we hear. But what does it really take to be a mentor? Perfection? Formal training? Grandmotherhood? No. How about experience in life, a heart for God, a love for people? A few qualities for being an effective mentor are: Be available. Have purpose. Be creative.
Be available! Be available to guide a young woman in their spiritual walk. Be willing to pray with and for them. Be an encourager to them when you see them.
Have purpose and intention! Maybe this woman didn’t have the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and she is looking to you for simple suggestions and helps. Be willing to ask how their weekly devotional time is.
Be creative! We are all challenged with scheduling. Be creative in how you find time to meet, be it for coffee, at the park while your children are playing, or for an afternoon tea. There are so many different ways to come together to pray, talk about the difficult week, even talk about what a good week you have had. It’s all about building relationships.
Come out of your comfort zone to make yourself available. Pray about it. Titus 2:4 says, “Then you can train the younger women…” I once read that mentoring does not mean, “What can I teach you?” Instead, it means, “How can I help you?”
Heavenly Father, help me to be open to what You are calling me to do each day. Amen.
Holy word long preserved, for our walk in this world
They resound with God's own heart, oh let the ancient word impart
Words of life, words of hope, give us strength, help us cope
In this world wherein we roam, ancient word will guide us home
Ancient word ever true, changing me and changing you
We have come with open heart, O let the ancient word impart
Holy word of our faith, handed down to this age
Come to us through sacrifice, O heed the faithful words of Christ
Holy words long preserved, For our walk in this world
They resound with God's own heart, O let the ancient word impart
Martyr's blood stains each page, they have died for this faith
Hear them cry through the years, heed these word and hold them clear
Posted on Wed, July 3, 2013
by Sam Petitfils