I’ve heard our lives are better when we have these three friends in our lives: a christian mentor, a friend who is on a similar journey, and a friend who isn’t quite as far along in her walk that we can mentor.
Mentoring helped change the direction of my life.
I was ready for God to make big changes in my life. Through my mentor, He provided a friendship that would help me grow and stay on course. I’ve learned so much over the years, that helps me run my spiritual race, I thought it would be fun to share some with you!
What my mentor taught me about myself, others and God
- The right question, asked at the right time, can take a friendship from zero to 100.
- It’s healthy to cry. Really.
- Jesus adores us.
- No one is above the need for flat-out-on-your-face-prayer
- Praying in secret can include blanket tents and flashlights if you want it to
- Nothing is more important than a daily time with Jesus.
- We make time for what’s most important to us
- Give away things that are attached to past relationships that we shouldn’t be attached to anymore
- Even if we aren’t gifted for singing, sing loudly anyway
- Feeling sorry-for-ourselves-temper-tantrums are no longer acceptable when we are past 2 spiritually
- It’s okay to be sad, hurt, angry… just don’t live there
- When you find your specific purpose, it will excite-you-like-crazy
- If we never get what we want, Jesus needs to be enough
- Christian women look the youngest, at any age
- People are always, always more important than things
- There won’t be dust in heaven (ha, this is probably specific to my mentor)
- Not one sin is ever above God’s grace
- We all have the ability to commit the sins we read about in newspapers – the only reason we don’t is Jesus
- Healthy boundaries are always healthy
- Pouring into others will have challenges.
- Our rewards might come on this earth or they might come in Heaven
- God watches over us when we sleep
- He puts people in our lives sometimes for a time, a season and sometimes forever
- Gucci aside, we are all called to lifestyle mentoring
- Pedestals are too tall – even for short people
- The Bible is either true or it isn’t
- There are no coincidences with God
- If Jesus wants you to have it, he will give it to you
- Growing can be painful
- Growth can include practical things like organization, time management, etc.
- Great mentors have the patience equivalent to JOB
- That Jesus believes in us more than anyone else
- Seeing what Jesus sees in others comes before growth
- Mentoring Is Circular — It should continue with the mentee becoming a mentor
- There is no room for gossip or jealousy in friendships, bible studies or our lives
- Teaching others to lead, speak and use their gifts builds everyone up
- A great spiritual mentor points others to Christ, more than pointing to themselves
- Thinking, talking & planning for eternity should. be. exciting. (not morbid!)
- Whatever we need in Heaven (animals, chocolate, books… yay!) will be there — if it’s not, we will never miss it
Do you have a mentor who has made a difference in your life? What would you add to your list?