Thursday, June 10
Thankful Thursday - What is Mentoring?
As we think about the defining moments of our life most often they focus on a person or several people. Maybe it was a Sunday School teacher, a pastor, a teacher in school or professor in college. We all have people in our lives who we are eternally grateful for what they have invested into our life.
All of us need mentors who are mature in Christ. People who have been through life's experiences. Someone who is willing to share not only their strengths, but also their weaknesses. Someone who is willing to share their successes and failures. Mentoring is the process of learning from those who have traveled the road before us, the encouragement and sharpening from those alongside us and the reproducing of ourselves in younger women.
Clearly, one the greatest models of mentoring and disciple making is that of our Lord Jesus Christ. He chose twelve men from various walks of life and discipled them into becoming the foundation of the church. Even though one of them betrayed Jesus, eleven disciples remained faithful and became great examples to all of what investment in one's life can produce. Jesus saw in each disciple who they could become. He spent quality time with them. They hung out together. He encouraged them and prayed for them. He taught them God's Word. Jesus invested Himself into these men.
groups in our church for over eight years. I love spending time with the ladies in the groups. They speak into my life as much as I speak into theirs. Also, the mentoring relationship is about multiplication. The investment never ends with the depth of the people involved in the relationship, but continues to build and multiply as the mentoree speaks into the lives of others.
Thanks to Iris today at Grace Alone for hosting Thankful Thursday.