Leading Students Through Mentorship

Leading Students Through Mentorship
I am probably about halfway through my life, but I still need others to invest in me. I want other believers to walk beside me and I think that is important for anyone. We need others in our lives who have walked this way before so we can avoid the pitfalls or places of trouble. Mentors are important in our lives no matter what age.

A good mentor can teach, counsel, motivate, coach or lead you within the context of a relationship. It definitely isn’t something that you ‘make’ happen. It is something that just naturally comes along. We have a tendency to be ‘sole survivor’ Christians and that isn’t what God has called us to do. We are to be in fellowship with one another and seeing how the Bible gives us examples is a good place to start.
Proverbs 11:14 says, ‘Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.”

Can I get an amen? Accountability is a great thing to have in place because you have others checking in on you or meeting regularly with you, about you. Usually, only God and you know the depths of your sinful heart, it is deceitful about all else, as Jeremiah 17:9 says. Walking through something that no one else knows about can be so lonely. It definitely helps when you have someone to talk to about it, whether it’s through advice or prayer.

Paul and Timothy had a great mentoring relationship. In 1 Timothy 1:2, Paul addressed Timothy as his “true son in the faith.” Your ‘Timothy’ is someone who learns from you, follows your example and thus models Christ. But we also need someone like Paul who pushes us to be our best for God’s glory.

A mentor in a student’s life is so important because of all the other things and people who are vying for their attention already. Students are very impressionable during their teenage years. Being a spiritual mentor for a student can add so much confidence to what they believe in and how they respond to things in life.