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What does a good mentor look like?

Who do you turn to for advice and support when you’re confused about your next steps? We could all use an adviser to guide us and answer the tough questions we all have.

When someone receives a reward or earns a trophy, they often thank their mom or recognize someone who helped them gain that achievement. Few of us can accomplish big things on our own.

When Joshua succeeded in leading the Israelites across the Jordan River into the land God had promised them (Joshua 3:17), he could have easily pumped his fist in the air and yelled, “Thanks, Moses!” Joshua would not have become the strong and courageous leader he was without the example and instruction he received from Moses, his mentor (Deuteronomy 34:9).

To be successful, we need a coach, a counselor to rely on whose judgment we trust. The best way to find your guide is to ask God to show you someone you can turn to as a mentor. Look for someone with the following attributes.

3 Characteristics of a Godly Mentor

1. They’ve walked with God longer than you have (Proverbs 13:20).  

Not necessarily older than you, a good mentor is a few miles further down the road in their walk with Jesus than you are. They have more experience seeking and listening to God’s voice in their life.

2. Their life shows wise choices (1 Timothy 3:2-7).  

You wouldn’t ask for marital advice from someone who’s been divorced four times. Likewise, the person you choose as your mentor should follow the Bible in their personal and professional life.  Their life may not be perfect, but it shouldn’t be filled with chaos and sin, either.

3. They are willing to let you see into their life (1 Corinthians 11:1).

They are humble enough to admit that they don’t have it all together, but are willing to share their failures as well as successes with you. They’ll admit to their own poor choices and share how God turned their situations around.

Reflect:

  • How would your life be better if you had someone to turn to for advice?
  • Who is someone whose walk with God you want to imitate?
  • What is one way you can begin to develop a mentoring relationship with them?

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