... a weekly letter of encouragement.
August 9, 1995
Last week we talked about the twin problems of ISOLATION AND LONELINESS and the importance of having a mentoring relationship.
We listed four of seven good reasons for such a relationship: Focus, Wisdom, Encouragement, and Networking.
Here are three more reasons:
MODEL - "People will learn at the school of example, and they will learn at none other," stated Edmund Burke. Remember the little girl lying in bed who was afraid of the dark? "Mommie, would you come in here...I'm afraid." Mother: "Just ask Jesus to help you." Little girl: "But I need someone with skin on." A mentor is someone "with skin on."
Paul: "Be imitators of me, just as I am also of Christ." (I Corinthians 11:1)
MATURITY - A mentor who is committed to his protégé, offers his wisdom and resources to help him succeed in making wise choices.
"The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice... and the God of peace shall be with you." (Philippians 4:9)
EMPOWERMENT+: Giving another person authority. You and I need people to challenge us to change ourselves and our world. And we seem to need people who will "give us permission" to do great things for God. Note the commissioning of Barnabas and Paul (Saul) who then blazed a trail for the Gospel through Asia:
"...The Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the work to which I have called them...Then...(the spiritual leaders) laid their hands on them, (and) set them free for this work." (Acts 13:2, 3 - NAS; Phillips)
Let's keep in mind the fact that one of Satan's master strategies is to exploit our proclivity toward ISOLATION AND LONELINESS by dividing and conquering.
It was no accident that Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs. And of course Solomon reminds us:
"TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE BECAUSE...IF EITHER OF THEM FALLS, THE ONE WILL LIFT UP HIS COMPANION. BUT WOE TO THE ONE WHO FALLS WHEN THERE IS NOT ANOTHER TO LIFT HIM UP." (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10)
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
+ Adapted from "Mentoring Today", Bobb Biehl - Spring 1994
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