I want to encourage everyone, no matter how young or old, to retrieve a mentor.
10 Signs of an Excellent Mentor Relationship
1. Someone who is strong in their faith
2.Someone who genuinely cares about your well-being
3. Someone who has taken the time to share their life with you
4. Someone who is transparent with their life
5. Someone who offers their resources to help you
6. Someone who would be a reference for you
7. Someone who you respect
8. Someone who is not afraid to call you out when you are wrong
9. Someone who encourages you
10. Someone who inspires growth
Having a mentor in an invaluable experience. Knowing someone who has once been where you were can offer a lot of great advice. They can help you learn from their successes as well as their failures.
If you both share the same interests and passions that helps a lot too. For an example, my mentor has a degree in business (like me) and also shares my same passion for youth and women’s ministries. This gives us a bond where we can easily relate to one another.
She has helped me generally determine what I am programmed by God to do. Through reading a book called The Path, I discovered my passions and my mission statement for my life. I highly recommend you to read that book and discover yours. Then you can be more purposeful about your decisions in life.
I know I want to work with women in some area. This could be anywhere from human resources, social work, counseling, mediator, paralegal, etc. Therefore, I know I should pursue opportunities within those areas.
Holding You Accountable
A mentor can aid in holding you accountable to your beliefs, values, decisions, paths, promises, etc. Their knowledge and wisdom, with the help of God and the Holy Spirit, will help you take steps toward the future God holds for you.
It is when you can be vulnerable and transparent with someone that a deep, real, Godly relationship forms. Once you have found someone in your life as described above I encourage you to ask them to be your mentor.
It takes humility and courage to give someone permission to call you out in order to help you grow. But from this it will help both of you grow to stronger in your relationship with God.
What Scripture Has to Say
People are not perfect and will be wrong and make mistakes, however God calls us to humble ourselves and seek the counsel of our elders and brother’s and sister’s in Christ. The following are verses inspired by God from Solomon, whom God gave the gift of wisdom.
Proverbs 12:15: “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
Proverbs 15:31-33: “He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.”
Proverbs 13:10: “Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.”
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