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Have you ever received an invitation to spend time with someone you admire?

This can be someone who you have an admiration for what they do (i.e. writing, playing music, speaking, teaching, a business person, artist, etc.) This could also be someone who exemplifies the life you respect and desire to emulate.

I have experienced this invitation on a couple of occasions. I have a huge passion and heart for leadership, so my invitations came from people I admired in leadership. I love sitting at their feet, listening to their wisdom, life stories and lessons. I have learned from some great people.

I still have a list of people who I would love to sit with. I call it my “sit-list.”

One of the greatest aspects of the invitation for me was that it came with the investment of the other person.

I learned how to become a leader because a couple of people took the time to invest their life and wisdom into me. I learned how to mentor because someone taught me through mentorship.

The invitation of investment is something that always stands out to me when reading the gospels. Jesus is THE MAN of invitation. He calls his first disciples to follow after him through invitation. Jesus invited his friends to do life with him. He didn’t just ask them to follow him in hopes that they would learn something, but he took responsibility for their invitations.

Jesus takes responsibility for the invitations he gives.

John Maxwell talks a lot about how Jesus was just a different kind of leader compared to all of the other leaders of his day; Jesus really did make fishers of men. He invited them with the intention, and responsibility, to make them fishers of men.

Jesus does the same with you and me.

He invites us to do life with him with the intention of taking responsibility for that invitation. We are wired uniquely with his purposes. He takes responsibility to mold, and train us into whatever those purposes are.

Sometimes that main point gets lost for me. Too often, I feel like life is up to me and I am responsible to make it all work – the tethering line between God and I drift apart. His desire is to do life WITH me.

I am learning to remember that God offered me an invitation that comes with his eternal investment. It makes me well up thinking about how much God invests in me. I am humbled by his patience and faithfulness to make me who he wants me to be.

What does God’s invitation of investment look like for you?

Anyone you can think of who could use your investment?

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Growing up, I have definitely known the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.

Looking back, I smile at the amount of influence other people have had on my life. There is a mix of not so great influence in there; however, I am grateful to have experienced some sweet older people lead me.

The more and more I think about it, it really does take a village to raise a person. We are designed and created for community. We are meant to know sweet relationship with one another. Community can be known on a friendship level, sports teams, small groups, churches, parent groups, office environments, and the many alike.

We are made to know and be known.

One of the greatest gifts I have had in my life is the gift of mentors. I grew up fast as a teenager. Tragedy has a way of providing a catalyst for maturing way faster than the “normal” rate. I needed help. I needed people in my life who were steps ahead of me – guiding me to move forward.

We are not meant to aimlessly wander through life.

As a teenager, I needed parent like figures to teach me life skills and warnings. As a college kid, I needed older voices in the form of wisdom and gentle direction. As a young 20-something, I needed those older voices to speak into questions of wrestling identity, vocation, and encouragement.

Now, as a early 30-something, I love the voices that speak into character, relationships, purpose, and refinement.

I honestly think that mentoring is undervalued. I love mentoring young adults and college age kids. I love pouring into the lives of others who are wrestling with past seasons of life I have walked through.

We need each other.

I currently have a handful of older faith-strong women who have walked with me for many of those above chapters in my life. I can’t tell how invaluable those relationships are for me. Especially in a season where everything is transitional and new, it is so refreshing to have conversations where I am known; where there is history.

I could honestly sit at the feet of these women all day and just listen. I know I always walk away a better me from those rich conversations.

We all have so much to offer. I want to encourage you to think about someone older to connect with that can love on you and speak into your life. There is nothing like it.

Also think about someone younger who you can love on and walk with through their season of life. It’s life changing for you both!

What has been your mentoring experience?

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