“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
I have been extremely blessed by the mentors in my life. From those that only said one encouraging word, to the pats on the the back, and the firm but loving correction when I needed it. There is no doubt that I would not be where I am today except for the men and women that helped me find the person God was shaping me to be. Looking into the past with my own eyes, I have seen those times that I often considered myself a lost cause. I had no real grasp of what God could make of such a person as I. But others, even though they may not have seen the whole picture, they saw the glimmer of hope and potential of the “not yet” and “the could be.”
Some of these men were pastors and professional ministers of sorts, but most were just God-loving folk that I called friends and respected. They were older not just by age, but by a sense of spiritual maturity that only comes from following Jesus Christ. I say that to say this. Never discount the life of another and never discount what you can give to those lives.
Without mentors, our world would not be the same. The world would not have looked the same had Jesus not poured into the lives of those around him. The church would not have looked the same had Barnabas not given to the life of Saul (who was known later as Paul). History would not look the same were it not for people making the choice to give to the lives of others.
Titus 2 speaks about this mentoring that is desired to happen between the generations of believers. And it is a beautiful picture of how generations pass on to the next the treasures of life’s wisdom. You don’t have to be a professional pastor, teacher, or minister…but you have to be willing to give to the life of another person.
If you are a person that seeks to be a mentor or are seeking a mentor… Here are some qualities that were passed on for me to learn. These qualities help give to others so they can follow Jesus more as a disciple.
1) A person that is a believer that is following the Spirit of God
2) A person who knows the realities and struggles of life and prayer.
3) A person who seeks the truth from the Scriptures.
4) A person that has discernment and vision for life.
5) A person that allows the Holy Spirit to have His way.
“Greater Love has no man than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus Christ (John 15:13)
Never discount the life of another and never discount what you can give to those lives.