By proclamation of the White House and spokesman General Collin Powells along with Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Sting and Usher – January is proclaimed the 7th Annual National Mentoring Month. How interesting that we need a National Mentoring Month to encourage us to be mentors. The mentoring website http://www.mentoring.org/ provides good information about being a mentor to young people. I really appreciate their words about Faith Based Mentoring ….
- “Faith-based mentoring has a long tradition of instilling spiritual values and moral strength, key elements in mentoring. Mentoring puts faith into practice, and everyone benefits.”
If you have been reading this blog for any time, you know that one of my strongest callings is to be a MOPS Mentor. After 6 years of being a MOPS mentor, I have had the priveledge to walk along side many moms – some who knew exactly what they were doing and some who needed help every step of the way. But always, I have felt the Lord’s pleasure in my relationship with each mom. I look forward to each and every MOPS meeting and to the times I meet with moms one on one. One statement that I make often to our MOPS Moms, is that God knew exactly what He was doing when He gave them their children – there is no mistake, they are the perfect Mother for their children. A simple statement that they all know is true is encouraging when coming from a mom who has been through mothering the preschool age (I had a preschooler in our home for 14 years!!).
Mentoring is not a chore – but a calling to be involved in other’s lives and to share and encourage them in the season of life that God currently has them. All across the world, God’s people are mentoring believers from their churches, community and every nation. No matter what your age is, I encourage you to find someone who you can be in a mentoring relationship with — high school students can mentor elementary or middle schoolers, college can mentor all age school kids, young moms can mentor their babysitters or newly married and on and on it goes.
God calls us to be in relationships with Him and then with others. It is really very easy – just share how God has been faithful to you. Someone needs to hear of how God has worked in your life and to be encouraged that God knows what He is doing and even if all seems wrong – He is still in control.
As believers, we don’t need a National Mentoring Month complete with popular spokespeople to encourage us – we have our calling from the Lord most High…
“You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach.” excerpts from Titus 2
Who is God calling you to mentor???