Today, we continue our three-part series on investing in others. You may have heard of this type of investment referred to as discipleship or mentoring. All three terms point to the same idea. What’s most important is that we are making an intentional effort to sow into someone else’s life for the purpose of helping them mature in Christ.
As I read through your comments last week, “being present” was a common theme. Many of you agreed with the importance of being present. However, out of all the P’s we discussed, being present, can also be the most intimidating. I’ve heard it said before, “what if they ask a question I can’t answer.” If that happens, I believe there is great value in showing that you don’t know. As mentors we are called to be real rather than perfect, and our mentees will appreciate our honesty.
When asked a question that I haven’t known the answer to the past, I’ve said something similar to, “I don’t know, but let’s find the answer together.” Or, “I’m not sure, but I will find out and let you.” Every time I’ve responded like this, I’ve been met with a sense of respect rather than disappointment.
Being present is the ground where the fruit of our investment will grow. As you and I spend time with our mentees, here are five questions to jump start our conversations:
- How are you?
- What has been the high/low of your day?
- What is your story?
- How is God working in your life right now?
- How can I pray for you?
As you and I pay attention to the life of our mentees we will be able to ask more thoughtful questions. Our time in conversation will enable them to see how much we value their life; accountability will grow, and best of all, we will both mature in our walk with God. Yes, this journey may be a little time-consuming and perhaps intimidating, but I assure you it is well worth it for the sake of our future generation and God’s Kingdom!
After all, Jesus said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Let’s do this, friends!!
May I pray for you? If you’re in a mentoring relationship or you would like to become more involved in mentoring leave a comment below, and I’ll add you to my prayer list. Have a blessed weekend, friends!
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