As a child, you were mentored by your first teachers, your parents. You learned so many things from them, some good and some bad. You observed how they did life. Unconsciously, at first, you mimicked them until you were old enough to think for yourself. You had the choice to follow in your parents footsteps, or to make changes.
Hopefully, along life's journey you have found, or are finding, other mentors to help you live your life. Perhaps you had a pastor or a teacher that inspired change in you. Perhaps your mentors might be writers or speakers whose message just spoke to you. They might be co-workers or perhaps a friend who provided such an example so you began to imitate what you so admired.
I've had many mentors in my life but the first one that comes to mind is Sister Barb. Her husband was one of the former pastors at my home church. Sister Barb lived in our town for exactly one year but she taught me a lifetime of lessons. You can read all about her in my post, Hugs to Sister Barb.
I hope to do for someone else what Sister Barb did for me. You know, mentoring is actually a biblical principal. Titus speaks of it in the New Testament:
The actual word mentor is not used but teaching and training means just that. And of course, that is not the only example. Moses had Joshua, Paul had his Timothy, and the best example of mentoring was Christ and the disciples.
For a mentoring relationship to work, first, we must have a teachable spirit. I sure don't know it all, and I love to learn better ways to do and be and live.
What about you? Have you ever been in a mentoring relationship? What are some of the benefits? What are some of the pitfalls? We'd love to hear your story today at The Loft, a hangout of Christian bloggers who are building community.
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