Do you wish you had a mentor? I am asking that because I just returned from a retreat in which our focus was centered around mentoring. As I look back through the years, I am so thankful for the mentors I have had in my life. These people have walked with me and in front of me. I have learned so much from these people about life. As I have gone through different stages in life, I have been blessed by being able to talk with people who have already been there and experienced life. No, these people may not have considered themselves to be mentors. However, they were mentoring me.
I talk with many people who feel as if they really have no one to talk with about life. Perhaps a young man does not have a dad or feels as if he can’t really talk to his dad. Maybe a young woman grew up without a mom and she feels as if she has no one to share the burdens of life with. Here is a young minister who is working with a church and feels very lonely. He feels as if he has no one to talk with about what he is experiencing.
Here are some questions that I have asked mentors through the years:
- How do you stay close to your children?
- How do you deal with stress?
- How do you function in marriage so that you and your wife remain close?
- How do you deal with temptation?
As a minister, I have been blessed to have several mentors through the years.
- One person encouraged me to take care of my body and to take plenty of time off.
- One mentor once told me that I was counseling far too many people and that I was going to burn out.
- Still another person mentored me through my own desire to grow in my prayer life.
Questions: What if you had a mentor? How could a mentor help you in your life right now? Have you ever had a mentor? How was this person helpful to you?