First, before telling you why M stands for Mentors, I should apologize for being so MIA the last several weeks. Between the busy-ness of the holidays and the resetting of routines for the new year, I have inadvertently neglected my blogging duties. Not to worry, though, as I’ll be making up all the letters of the alphabet – hopefully by the end of this week. Please jump back in with me and my cohosts, Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool and Kirsten at DoodleMom’s Homeschooling Life, by linking your post below and by grabbing this button!
M is for Mentors
As we seek to grow and mature in Christ, there are several things we need to have in our lives. The most important is faith in Christ and a desire to seek His will in our lives. It’s important to understand who God is – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (These were to be posts for G, H, and J.) It’s also important to understand who WE are IN Christ (the post for I). But scripture also tells us to seek out Godly counsel. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, and we learn to hear Him by spending time in His Word; but help with daily living, specific circumstances and situations, and general guidance come in the form of mentors.
The most prominent examples of mentors in the Bible come from two places. The first is, of course, Jesus Himself. He took the disciples alongside of Him and taught them. He developed a relationship with them so that they all trusted Him. They were His friends, and He was their teacher. He was with them often enough to speak into their lives in a moment. But He was perfect, the Messiah Himself, and sometimes it’s difficult for us to let other humans do the same for us.
The second good example comes from Paul and Timothy. We know from Paul’s letters to Timothy that Paul was definitely a spiritual mentor in his life. Paul called Timothy his “son” more than once, and even instructed that Timothy should take on his own “sons” and carry on the a pattern of discipleship.
So what is a mentor? First and foremost, a mentor should be someone who is more mature in Christ, has walked with the Lord for longer, and has a walk similar to your own. In almost every circumstance, a mentor should be the same gender as you are. You and your mentor should have enough in common that you can spend time together socially and enjoy one another’s company. If you have the pleasure of having become friends with your own parents in adulthood, it’s similar to that relationship. In fact, a biological mother (or lifelong motherhood figure) can serve as your spiritual mentor, absolutely!
It’s good, though, to have more than one of these people in your life. They are people with whom you develop a relationship and you can trust. You share your story, and they share theirs, and that builds the trust between you because you are able to feel like they understand your story because of their own. You feel comfortable telling these people about when you mess up. You can hear and accept their admonishings, and you take their advice under serious consideration.
Do you have people like this in your life? If not, start praying to God to bring people like this into your life. This is a prayer He’ll answer! Are you far enough along in your own walk that you could mentor others? Pray to God that He would bring you someone you could serve in this way. You can, and should, be and do both! Keep growing personally, and keep serving the Lord by helping others to grow. It’s what this life is all about!