“Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:17, NKJV
As my family and I were returning home from our annual Halloween trip around the block my five-year-old son looked at me with all seriousness and said, “Dad I like Christmas better than Halloween.” He continued, “On Christmas Santa delivers but on Halloween we have to go and get the candy.”
We often wait for Santa instead of walking around the block when it comes to having mentors in our life. Mentors do not have to be superstars or independently wealthy. What do they look like?
- Experience: Mentoring is a transfer of experiences and the wisdom that comes with those experiences. Look for someone who will be transparent so that you can learn from his or her successes and failures.
- Open: Your Mentor not only needs to share his/her story but also listen to yours; a freedom and atmosphere that encourages questions. Proverbs 20:5 says, “Though good advice lies deep within a person’s heart, the wise will draw it out.”
- Heart: The mentoring relationship is just that, a relationship. Does your potential mentor have strong relationships? Do not expect a shy recluse to transform into a warm and relational person because you meet them at the local Starbucks.
- Trust: Unless you already have some type of relationship with your mentor, expect to be tested. Before they invest the time and energy involved in a mentoring relationship, they will want to know if you are a person they can trust.
If you are waiting for Santa, it could be a long wait. Why not walk around the block and discover the candy God has already placed in your neighborhood.
QUESTION: What are the names of three potential mentors?