‘Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.’ Proverbs 15:22 NIV
A good mentor does three things. They:
(1) Observe you.
(2) Instruct you.
(3) Motivate you.
At first, the thought of having someone evaluate you may be intimidating. But think about it; people are watching you anyway, so why not have a good adviser among the crowd? Here is a list of some areas where you might invite a mentor to evaluate you. These things are essential: spiritual development, personal discipline, family relationships, decision making, handling finance, conflict resolution, picking the right people, breaking bad habits and establishing good ones, goal setting and planning for the future. If you’re serious about succeeding, look for an environment where you will be mentored, not just paid. Initially, what you learn is more important than what you earn because what you learn early determines what you earn later. What you don’t know can hurt you and limit your potential. You owe it to yourself and to those who depend on you to open the doors to evaluation. And don’t let it stop with you. Pass on what you’ve been given to somebody else.
Jesus said, ‘Freely you have received, freely give.’ (Matthew 10:8 NIV) You might think you’re too young, and nobody is going to take you seriously, but remember what Paul told Timothy. ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example.’ (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV) You’re not responsible for knowing everything; you’re just responsible for sharing what you know with others. They will advance farther and more quickly as you pour into them what God and others have put into you. So, ask God for a good mentor and then become one for somebody else.
SoulFood: Neh 1–4 John 17:13–26 Ps 105:23–36 Pro 30:15–19
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023