Mentoring is one of my favorite things to do. As miraculous as it is to give birth to a baby, it is also incredible to help someone give birth to their identity. To speak truth and wisdom, allowing them to see a destiny they didn’t know they carried. I absolutely love watching eyes come alive with hope and purpose.
Although you can be a mentor at any age, the empty nest is a prime time to pour into others. You’ve lived long enough to know you don’t know it all, but have gained precious wisdom and experience that can only come with time. You carry treasures many don’t yet know they need.You carry treasures many don't yet know they need. #mentor #emptynest Click To Tweet
I know the thought of mentoring can be intimidating.
- What will I say?
- What will we do?
- What do I have to give?
But don’t let the unknown intimidate you. Start with the simple gift of listening.
The Gift of Mentoring
It all starts with listening and loving. With the desire to empower young adults to know God and live out their highest purposes. It starts with your heart leaning into the heart of God and seeing through His eyes.
In the course of building relationship, you may offer spiritual insight or practical advice. You may teach a skill or learn a new skill together. You may be the one to show up and support their new endeavor. You’re not trying to take the place of someone else, but only to be yourself and bring beauty to their life for that time and space.
Think back to when you were younger and be the mentor you wished you would have had. Or as Jesus taught:
Be the #mentor you wished you would have had. #emptynest Click To Tweet
Love your neighbor as yourself…
— Mark 12:31
If you’re still not sure mentoring is for you, consider these:
1. Mentoring keeps you moving forward.
As you humble yourself to listen, support, and teach, you too will learn, grow, and pray more. You still have gold within that won’t come to the surface until someone draws it out — and young people have a way of asking questions you’ve never thought of.
2. You may be the answer to another parent’s prayer.
Parents all across the world are praying for their kids and most of those prayers will be answered through the words and care of others. Your presence and encouragement could be the direct leading of the Spirit in answer to someone’s need. It is an honor and joy to partner with God for a specific purpose. It may be for a day or for many years, but your willingness to be a part of His plans will be rewarded.
3. You’re sowing spiritual seeds toward a mentor for your son/ daughter.
Sowing and reaping is a foundational principle in God’s Kingdom. Whatever you sow, you also harvest. If you’ve been praying for your son or daughter, take time to nurture the sons and daughters of others. God will honor your gift and His Word and will bring godly mentors into your child’s life as well.
Look around. Your neighborhood is full of young people struggling to know who to believe and what to do next. No one is helped by simply observing their struggle. Offer a hand. Offer a cup of coffee. Offer your time and an ear, and both of you will be richer in the end.
I’d love to hear some of your ideas for and experiences with mentoring! Comment below.