I am so grateful for two teachers who came along side me and mentored me.
One mentor was a well-seasoned Bible teacher in my church who enlisted me to help in Junior Church with the children in grades one through three. She also gave me the invaluable experience of teaching the young students Bible lessons while incorporating games and creative activities to make the learning fun. I never dreamed that her mentoring would effectively prepare me for Sunday school teaching as soon as I entered college.
My second mentor and teacher was my band director who taught me how to become a music teacher. He gave me opportunities to learn to play all of the band instruments, he taught me the art of organizing a music library, and showed me the important routine steps in running a well-organized band program. By the time I finished college, I felt well prepared to step into the role of a career band director. His expertise equipped and challenged me for the task ahead.
I felt connected, fulfilled, and prepared to do the jobs placed before me.
Young adults and teens often do not relate to seasoned jobs because adults do not give them the chance to learn, grow, and mature in areas of service and work.
I recently made a commitment to meet with a young girl to encourage and inspire her weekly in preparing for her future. I am trusting that as I mentor her she will follow the path to lead her into a place of service and work.
How to choose someone to mentor:
- Establish a friendship with several young people.
- Choose a person of the same sex.
- Look for someone who is eager to learn and seems teachable.
- Be willing to explore different areas of interest and opportunity.
- Look for ways to connect the young person to others serving in the church or workplace.
- Encourage the person spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially.
- Provide opportunities for work and service.
- Monitor the young person and give constructive feedback.
- Pray for wisdom and direction that will mold the person’s future.
Promise: Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV)
Partnering with God: Dear God, help me always to follow the example of Christ. As I serve you, give me wisdom in choosing a young person to mentor and to take on my journey of service. Help me Lord, to have a part in challenging teens and young adults in getting involved in the body of Christ.