[vimeo id="84953416"] I’ve always been a strong believer in the power of investing in others and helping them grab ahold of their divine design. There’s no greater privilege than to have the honor of journeying through the phases of life with other people, and helping them capture those significant catalyst moments that can stir their spirits and move them in a new direction. I’ve been fortunate enough to have many significant individuals walk with me at different stages of my journey and take time to invest in me and help me move forward to the next stage of my divine design. And today, I want to encourage all mentors to seize the moments they’re given to invest in others.
I want to highlight some important aspects about why it is imperative to mentor other people as they journey through life.
First, it’s a clear mandate in the Bible.
When we look at the great characters of the Bible and the stories they lived throughout their journey, we see a silver lining in all the stories. Take Jesus for example, he had twelve disciples who were extremely close to him throughout his ministerial career. Jesus was always intentional about seizing the moment when an opportunity presented itself to take the disciples or rather, the mentees, to the next level in their divine design. Jesus modeled the perfect mentor and left clear instructions for his followers to do likewise.
Secondly, mentoring helps secure the future.
If we take the time to pour into others, and help them grow and develop in their divine design, we’re literally investing into the future. If we don’t take the time to mentor new leaders today, we’re guaranteed to set tomorrow’s leaders up for failure. Why not take the time to teach others the life lessons that you’ve learned over the years, so others might not have to experience the same failures and shortcomings that you experienced? In other worlds, teach others to learn from your mistakes.
Thirdly, mentoring grows the mentors as well as the mentees.
Have you ever heard people say, “it’s a two way street?” They’ll usually say it in reference to relationships and they say it because it is true. Relationships do not work unless there are two acting parties willing to work at life together in a combined effort. The point here is that both mentors and mentees learn from each other. It’s not just the mentee learning from the wisdom of the mentor, but the mentor learning from the mentee. I’ve lead mentoring groups at Southeastern University, now several times, and I can honestly say that I find myself learning a lot from those in my group. In fact, sometimes I’m doing most of the learning in the meetings. The two-way-street helps the seasoned leaders stay on their toes as they journey forward.
Overall, mentoring is a privilege. It’s something that should never be taken lightly. If you’re given the opportunity to reach out to others and teach them about this adventure called life, then do it to the very best of your ability. Keep these points in mind as you invest in others.
What have you learned from mentoring? Have you been a mentor before? What did you learn?