By Karen O’Connor:
Do you find God as you think about mentors who have blessed and helped you? Do you wonder how to disciple others?I look back on my life I see a host of people who have helped me find God as they have mentored me. From my kindergarten teacher to my counselor in college and beyond, women and men have spoken into my life in a way that has helped me grow, thrive, and then give back to others what was given to me.
One woman I spoke with regularly on the phone when I was new in my faith-walk. Day after day she would listen to my worries and problems and then point me to a Bible verse that would help me aspire to a higher level of living—one where I would lean on God instead of on myself. Sometimes just her example was enough. She ‘preached’ without saying a word!
“. . . Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live,
not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,
to be self-controlled and pure . . .” (Titus 2: 3-5 in the Bible)
After many years of growing in my faith, I met a young woman who reminded me of myself. She had been divorced, struggled with finances, and felt challenged by her role as a mom to two young men. I could see that it was my turn to give back some of the good that my mentor had given me so long ago.
Today she and I meet for lunch or coffee once a month and we talk about life, about God’s promises found in the Bible and about some of the steps each of us can take to live a more satisfying and spiritually mature life. It feels good to share with her my experience, hope, and faith in God and then watch her make progress on her own path.
Finding God in my own mentors has helped me become the kind of mentor that will draw others to God, just as mine did for me. If you feel a call to encourage, the following video and website provides tips on how to disciple effectively and be good mentor.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karen.p.oconnor or Twitter @karenoconnor