When Moses’ father-in-law saw everything he was doing for them he asked, “What is this thing you’re doing for the people? …” (Ex 18:14)
“What you’re doing is not good, ” Moses’ father-in-law said to him. “You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone. Now listen to me; I will give you some advice, and God be with you.” (Exodus 18:17-19)
One of the greatest decisions that I have made as a believer was to get a mentor, a fellow Christian, more seasoned in life experience and godly wisdom than myself. As I scanned our church body, I carefully searched for an older woman who knew God’s Word and who possessed a lot of wisdom about life. We both prayed about the potential match and decided that God was telling us to go for it! I had no idea how my life would change because of this relationship. Like Jethro did in this passage with Moses, my mentor has been able to gain a perspective on my life and interject wise nuggets to me. This relationship has been invaluable; she has walked with me through some of my darkest moments, prayed incessantly for me, and rejoiced with me over the joys of God’s blessings. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” I love this! God places people in our lives to encourage us as we live, but also to challenge us, moving us to deeper and more intimate relationships with the Lord. I know that the woman who I am today is largely because of the influence of a trusted mentor.
On the flip side of this, I often wondered if I could be a mentor. Thoughts like: Am I a strong enough Christian? Do I know enough about the Bible? What if I give incorrect information or advice? Who would even want to have me as a mentor? The lies of the enemy are so powerful. Satan is so quick to plague our minds with doubt and defeat. The truth is that I am capable of this because I have the Holy Spirit living in me to empower me! Several years ago I began leading bible studies with some young women in their 20’s. What a joy to have these young ladies in my life! I have often joked with them that they have kept me young and cool! But more importantly, they have trusted me and respected my opinion about issues in their lives. It has been such a sweet journey for me as I have watched them grow in their faiths. I have loved being a part of their engagements, weddings, and births of their babies. I often think about what I would have missed had I said no to God about this. And what truly amazes me is that I have learned so much more from these young women than I ever could have imagined.
Being sandwiched in between my seasoned mentor and my younger peeps, I have been able to experience such sweet, tangible moments where God feels so close. What a blessing to be able to experience both sides of this sandwich! I have always loved bread….maybe I am on to something here!!!! I love the reinforcement that I get from reading Titus 2 where the older generations are instructed to teach the younger ones. How cool that God ordains these mentor / mentee relationships! Maybe as believers we need to really pray, asking God how to be intentional in our relationships?
Thank you so much for the amazing friends whom you have placed in my life. I can’t imagine where I would be today not having them. God, I pray that I would always have an open heart and mind to discern how You want to use me. And, God, I pray that I would possess a teachable spirit, longing to get to know You more. Thank you so much for this example of the relationship between Moses and Jethro, and how Jethro keeps pointing Moses back to You. Thank you, Jesus, that You are a God of relationship!