This past year I have had the privilege of mentoring a young girl.
She is a 2nd grader, soon to be 3rd grader, and is a star student.
Very bright, asks probing questions, has an excellent memory, and loves math. Wish I had had that same zeal for word problems and calculations at her age… or any age for that matter. Math just has never been my thing. But, it’s hers, and I celebrated that and encouraged her to continue to work hard.
Each month I would visit her for about an hour to an hour and a half, during regular school hours, and we would discuss a different character trait as part of our curriculum.
Then, the other part of the time we filled with conversation and whatever she wanted to do- play computer games, play basketball, read a book, and later (once she discovered I had a cell phone in my bag) we would play Heads Up! She’s a clever one!
In the year we have spent together, I know that I have learned far more than I ever taught or shared.
But, this sweet and unlikely friendship that God has used in my life,and I hope in hers too, has got me to thinking about lifelong mentorship and the principle of Paul & Timothy. Older and younger generations sharing their learnings, trials, peaks, valleys, and times of great rejoicing and joy or times of great sadness and mourning throughout their faith walks with one another. Building one another up, sharing Truth, holding one another accountable, and praying for one another.
There is an older gentleman that I work with, and on paper or even in person, I am sure this friendship is understood by very few who watch us interact. But, I am telling you, he is honestly one of the most important and influential people in my life.
We don’t meet monthly or even weekly, in fact, we meet here and there for a couple of precious minutes in between the crazy hecticness that is our work schedules, but when we do, we cut to the chase and talk about life, faith, relationships, and
sometimes rarely about job stuff.
But, if there is one thing he has taught me, and there have been many lessons, it is boldness.
Not too many people in my life will pull up a chair, look you deep in the eyes, and ask, “How is your prayer life?” “Jamie, are you truly trusting God in that situation?” “What are you learning from your quiet time spent in His word?”
But He will.
This man shares his faith unapologetically. Boldly, without hesitation, and does so incredibly respectfully and tactfully, in a way that is deeply personal and meaningful for all parties.
I have watched this firsthand, they are enraptured in what he has to say. And it is so basic, so simple, but it is the God-breathed capital “T” Truth. The truth everyone desperately needs to hear.
So, I ask you, who are you pouring into?
Who is pouring into you?
Because I can guarantee you, someone always is, for the good or for the worse. Someone is there to influence you, your decisions, and your spirit.
Pursue godly mentorship. The “iron sharpens iron” kind of relationships. They don’t always make the most sense on paper, as I know from personal experience, but the fruit it bears will be true and everlasting and a blessing to you so you can bless others in turn.
Think about it…