Mentoring is not about you making someone like you. Mentoring begins with Jesus and ends with Jesus. Mentoring does not say: "Look at me, be like me"! Mentoring is Jesus saying to you: I dare you to care just like I did, the 24-7 kind of caring!
The act of mentoring can be described perfectly by these words: Selflessness – Willessness! Mentoring is pointing people to Christ, pressing them toward a position of His stability in the middle of the flow of God's Kingdom purpose for their lives. Mentoring is not duplication, it is honoring the God design. Everyone has a God-shape, a God design for their lives and no two people are the same and that in itself is a huge #AWE-GOD!
Therefore mentoring can never be done on your own or by your lead. Followship is the key to successful mentoring and surrender to God is the 1st step a mentor takes in any divine appointment. When you give your life to God as His mentor, you are asking God to make you F.A.T…. Faithful to Him, Available To His Timing 24/7 and Teachable by His Holy Spirit.
I have found that mentoring is not about changing people, only God can do that, it is about listening and owning their emotions, letting them know their feelings are valuable to you and pointing them to Jesus, His Spirit and Truth in every way you possibly - creatively can. God is creative and when He sets you up to mentor someone that is totally bound and you can't even see the 1st string to unbind them, you have to know it is not about your ability it is all about your attitude: "God's God This"!
Mentoring is followship! Followship is knowing without a doubt you can't fix someone, you can't shape someone and you can't change them or make any kind of eternal-lasting impact without God. So mentoring begins every morning with your 1st step out being "down" bowing down to #AWE-GOD, recognizing Him as Sovereign King. Humbly-Submissively-Willessly-Reverently Bowing and not getting up until you are willessly submitted to Him in reverent AWE!
It is there in the 1st step of your day, bowing before God where mentoring is enabled, where God is revealed and His wisdom, grace, mercy and strength is begun. From your 1st step of bowing down to your steps throughout that day, it is choice by choice a decision for followship! Followship is an awesome mentoring position, and in this position, you will be in the perfect flow of His Kingdom purpose and mentoring will happen, not naturally but supernaturally by God, by His strength, wisdom and discernment working in You and through You for His glory.
God's Kingdom purposes are flowing all around us all day long and a good mentor will learn how to step into the flow of God's purpose by being completely submitted to His Sovereignty and clinging with all their might to His Infinite Love!
God will teach you how to care-mentor others. He will 1st challenge you to Dare To C.A.R.E. ! You can't care well without consistency! You can't care well until you settle the question of availability! You can't care well if you don't respond well! You can't care well if you are not pointed in an eternal direction!
Will You Be The One! Will You Be The One Who Brings God's Presence, Light And Truth Into Every Relationship He Divinely Brings You Too! Therefore mentoring is not about duplicating yourself, trying to make someone like you, it is all about making them F. A.T. and helping them slip into the shape God created for them and eventually presenting them the challenge to Dare To C.A.R.E.
I suggest for you to take some time, as much as you need and "grow through" what God has shown me about mentoring. It is called Dare To C.A.R.E. It is posted at the Servant Table of my website: http://thebridegroomscafe.com
Here is the direct link: http://www.thebridegroomscafe.com/servant.htm
1st: The main page is an outline that God wants you to put yourself in. We all are mentors, but we bring to mentoring our own God design. So this D.A.R.E. To Care challenge begins with an outline for you to step into and complement your shape with its wisdom.
2nd The second step for you is found on the side dish Think On It: http://www.thebridegroomscafe.com/ssthinkonit6.htm
It is a personal challenge for you to begin stepping into God's life style of C.A.R.E. It gives you a step by step challenge that will lead you to a heart commitment. God is Daring us to be F.A.T. mentors who C.A.R.E.
3rd You Decide! Will You Be The One! Pray About It! Will You Be The One Who Will Dare To C.A.R.E http://www.thebridegroomscafe.com/ssprayit6.htm
4th The Challenge Of Living It Out – Day By Day- Moment By Moment Being A F.A.T. Mentor Who Dares To C.A.R.E.
5th Having A Life-Style That Is Strong In Endurance Because Your Spirit Is Well-Watered. Mentors Need Daily Nourishment. Mentorship! Water It! http://www.thebridegroomscafe.com/sswaterit6.htm Stay Hydrated In Living Water!
6th Selah! The 1st Call Of A Mentor Is To Jesus Christ! Always 1st! Always His! Always Followship Focus! http://www.thebridegroomscafe.com/ssselah6.htm Always Walking By The Light Of God's Fiery Passion – Never Kindling Your Own Fire And Walking By A Man-Made Fire! Always Jesus 1st!
7th Everyday to everyone and everywhere being a Seasoned Servant Of God. Intersection 4:41 Servant Warrior! That Would Be You! http://www.thebridegroomscafe.com/sstalkit6.htm
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AUTHOR TABLE******************Be Encouraged!
BREAKFAST TABLE***************Silently Submit
FAMILY TABLE*******************A New Day
LISTENER TABLE*****************Holy Ground
SERVANT TABLE******************Dare To Care
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