As I mentor people there are a few things that, if I can keep them in mind, bring me rest and peace. However, if I lose sight of these as I mentor I begin to feel stressed. So, I thought I’d throw these out to you…maybe they would be of help to you today.
(1) I’m not the Messiah. People are not a problem to be fixed and even where there are issues to be worked on, it’s not my job to fix them. Philippians 1:6 tells us that God is going to complete the work. He may use us, but the job of fixing is not ours.
(2) I’m a part of something bigger. My role is to follow what God is already doing. So, I don’t try to find areas that need to be worked on, I try to find the areas that God is already working…and then try to encourage further growth in those areas.
(3) I’m a real person too. I have past and present struggles and I cannot, nor should I, deny those. So, when I can legitimately identify with a struggle that the person I’m mentoring is experiencing, I make sure to share my experiences.
(4) My hindsight can become foresight. I haven’t been around every block, but this isn’t my first rodeo. Through experiences of embracing what I know to be true about Jesus, God has given me (and you) some wisdom in areas of life. When we can see someone walking into a trap that we have fallen victim to, we can help them process through whether or not they actually want to walk down the same path.
Thanks for loving students,