Sunday, January 18, 2015
10 REASONS WHY I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT MENTORING-by Heidi McLaughlin
It happened sixteen years ago. A young woman came to me and with tears in her eyes asked me if I would mentor her. I was startled. I didn’t know how to respond because I had never officially mentored anyone. Even though I said yes, I had no idea how this “mentoring thing” would evolve. Over the next two years I experienced a journey of discovery and excitement in my spirit that I did not even know existed. I found that as men and women who have godly influence, we are called to mentor. For the women it clearly states in the bible that: “These older women must train the younger women to live quietly, to love their husbands and their children, and to be sensible and clean minded…(Titus 2:4 NLT). I have discovered that when I am obedient to this command, I also grow spiritually and my own life is enriched and fulfilled.
Here are 10 reasons why I am passionate about mentoring.
1. Our great Go
is a creator an d we are ma de in His image. We are fulfille d when we are also creating. Mentoring gives me an opportunity to partner
with God and create new life in
d is a
God of order and He has a reason for asking us to do something. In the book of
Titus it says that: “ol der women are
to teach the younger women.” When I am part of Go d’s
plan for the way He inten de d this worl d
to work, my own life is enriche d,
3. As I interact and minister to other women, I realize that the pain, confusion an
failures I have experienced in my life, have given me wis dom
that I must pass on to younger women.
4. I “get to” have an intimate relationship with another women. We are create
d for intimacy an d
this type of close relationship fills that voi d
in my own life.
5. I watch life transformation before my very eyes.6. Younger women ask me questions for which I have no answers. This propels me to seek God more by intentionally digging deeper into scriptures, praying more and asking God for wisdom.
7. It teaches me to become honest an
8. Mentoring is a mirror for my own life. When I realize that the woman I am mentoring watches me, it causes me to look at myself through the eyes of Go
d an d the
9. Mentoring teaches me what it means to become a go
dly woman of influence.
10. Mentoring gives hope, encouragement, love, an
d wis dom
to other women in every stage of their lives. I am in awe that Go d wants to use me to be his han ds, feet an d
voice that will accomplish His plans an d
purposes in other women.
Mentoring for me is like skiing free-style. Each woman is unique in her request for me to mentor her and I need to listen to her heart and her need. I have mentored women to help them with their marriages, to teach them out to grow in their spiritual life, how to overcome being a “child of divorce”, how to live a Christian life after being in a cult, how to survive with 5 small children. And so on and so on. Each woman’s story is precious and distinctive. As Christian writers we have powerful wisdom and insights into helping younger writers craft their words and stories.
As women of influence it is up to us to look a younger woman in the eye and say, “How can I best help you in your journey?” Then let God help you forge the path.
Heidi McLaughlin lives in the beautiful vineyards of the Okanagan Valley in Kelowna, British Columbia. She is married to Pastor Jack and they have a wonderful, eclectic blended family of 5 children and 9 grandchildren. When Heidi is not working, she loves to curl up with a great book, or golf and laugh with her husband and special friends. You can reach her at: www.heartconnection.ca
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