“Mentoring is a brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and a kick in the pants.” Richard Tyre This past weekend I was thinking about mentors that are in my life and how important it is to have mentors. I have a mentor for my writing and speaking, a spiritual mentor and my spiritual authority or Pastor.
I did a little research and found these definitions for Mentoring:
- “It is a dynamic relationship of trust in which one person enables another to maximize the grace of God in his/her life and service.” — John Mallison
- “Mentoring is a relationship through which one person empowers another by sharing God-given resources.” — Robert Clinton
- “An agreed-upon exchange between two men/women, a more experienced man/woman and a less experienced man/woman, developing the less experienced to his maximum potential in Christ and empowering him with abilities to meet a need, achieve a goal, or to grow through a situation.” — Murray and Owen.
It is so important to have mentors in your life no matter where you are in your Christian walk or how long you’ve been serving Christ. We need to continue sharpening our iron.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17
Not only do we need to continue sharpening ours, we need to sharpen others too. We need to be that Titus 2 woman for others also.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. – Titus 2:3-5
I want to give you two things you need when you are mentoring others:
- Be Purposeful
- Be Available
So today I want you to either find a mentor or be a mentor to someone. I promise you it will please you to see God working in their lives and in ours too.
Are you a mentor to someone? Are you looking for one?