4 Little Known Secrets about Mentoring
Amazingly, at each stop along my life journey, whether I lived in one place for two years or thirteen, I’ve met people who made an impact on who I was becoming. I grew. I changed. Through knowing and sharing life with each friend and mentor. That’s why I firmly believe who is pouring into your life is vastly more important than where you live or what job you’re working at this moment.
Here are 4 Little Known Secrets women in Mentoring relationships know that changed their lives:
1.Mentoring Can Propel You Forward
These women stopped trying to do life alone, recognizing they needed a mature woman further down the road of life experiences to walk with them in becoming the woman God created them to be. Stepping out and moving forward seemed impossible alone but with a mentor the journey was finally different and doable. (Proverbs 4:25)
2.Mentoring Helps You Get Unstuck
Being real with my mentor and finally recognizing where I was stuck was a huge positive accomplishment in my life. Having a mentor pour into my life and speak encouraging words of wisdom on a regular basis gave me hope for a positive change.
Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Alan W. Watts writes, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
3. Mentoring Shows You How To Live Through Brokenness
My life changed when my mentor sat down with me on a regular basis to help me talk through my brokenness and see God’s Word come alive in the deepest part of the situation. For the first time in my life I received practical tips to help grow my faith in the good and bad times of my life.
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
4. Mentoring Reconnects You with the Truth
Can anyone be trusted anymore? Bombarded by the world and pulled in a million directions. Finally as my Mentor invested her time, love and prayers into my life my eyes were opened to the truth. God knows me by name, His promises are true and He has a great plan for my life.
Mentoring is so much more than an appointment on your calendar. It’s a way of life.
Think about Mary reeling with the news that she was pregnant with the Messiah (see Luke 1:26-56). Was I dreaming? Did I really see an angel? For nothing is impossible with God. Those words, her only hope in a world coming unraveled.
Confusion. Questions. Excitement. Fear. Anticipation. I imagine her brain was about to burst! But Mary remembered the angels’ words: “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age” (verse 36).
Elizabeth. It’s likely that Mary didn’t know her cousin well. Elizabeth lived in the hill country of Judah, close to one hundred miles away from Nazareth. But Mary knew she needed help and support, and she didn’t waste any time. Packing her bags, she started the trek. Her journey wasn’t easy, safe, or fun. We don’t know if Mary traveled with a caravan or walked the hundred miles on foot, but regardless, it would have taken her, at a minimum, four to five long hard days. It was a hard journey in itself, let alone absorbing the news the angel had given her. Sometimes, finding a mentor takes time and energy, too.
Mary risked everything to seek out a woman who could help her navigate this scary, new chapter in her life. That’s the nature of a mentoring relationship—there’s nothing you can’t discuss, no question off-limits. Because for every struggle you face in life, God longs to give you guidance, support, wisdom and encouragement.
Sometimes the road to finding a mentor can be awkward, difficult or discouraging, but the walk is well worth the distance.
How far are you willing to walk?
Long before you were born, God began dreaming for you. How amazing that you are not left to figure out life alone! The God of the universe is writing your story and He longs to bring out the best in you as you walk in an authentic relationship with a mentor. I encourage you to begin praying today for your future mentor.