I think I was born to teach! I was a kindergarten, first, and fifth grade teacher. I taught Sunday School and now I teach a Bible Study. I lead Brownies and Girl Scouts which was all about teaching! I taught things like basket making and painting and other crafts at our local Y. I volunteered to teach middle school children that had fallen behind in their studies. I think all mentors are teachers, but not all teachers are mentors. The difference is a mentor is not only a teacher and experienced advisor but someone who invests in another person’s life. I think I am a teacher and a mentor. I just love people and want to make their lives richer, better, fuller and more blessed! Today’s Practically Speaking is about the blessing of Mentoring.
I think everyone can mentor someone and should! And I think everyone should have a mentor.
We don’t have to be teachers or parents or anything special to mentor. All we need is a desire to make someone’s live better!
Once we start investing into other’s lives it can be very addictive! Mentoring is about building relationships. And helping… and of course teaching and imparting wisdom. Mentoring is a blessing. Taking our abundance and sharing it with others because we care!
Mentors can make great differences in people’s lives! And those we mentor can make great differences in our lives too. It’s a win/win relationship!
My daughter Jacqueline has been mentoring a young girl she taught for over 3 years. Now, not only that girl but her brother and mother feel like an extended part of our family! We really have very little in common with this family at first look. But, our hearts are entwined and we love them.
They are such a blessing to us. Jacqueline and Jonathan, her husband, have poured into the life of this family and the blessings have splashed out and over onto us!
When they were recently visiting StoneGable I came downstair early in the morning to make breakfast and I found my husband and the little 4 year old boy cuddled up together on a big, comfy chair and Bobby was reading something to him on his phone. The little guy looked up and excitedly said, “GiGi, Paw-Paw is teaching me about the Eagles… I’m an Eagles fan!” It was such a heartwarming scene. That darling little boy has blessed us beyond words! Watching this inner-city child ride around our backyard on Paw-Paw’s tractor is sheer joy! This family has blessed our lives far more that we have theirs!
As important as it is for all of us to mentor someone, it’s equally as important to be mentored ourselves.
I’ve been thinking about mentors a great deal lately because I would really love to have a mentor right now in my professional life. It’s been on my mental to-do list for months and months. I have an idea of who I would like to mentor me. She is well-known and famous and amazing and generous and fabulous… and I really look up to her.
So this week I’ll write to her and ask her if she has time to mentor me. Sorta scary. I love the idea of sitting under her and learning and having a vested relationship so much that I don’t want that bubble to burst!
But dreaming about this possible mentorship is not product or forward moving. I need to make it happen, or at least try! So wish me luck! I’m asking her this week!
Mentoring is a blessing you don’t want to miss!
How about you? Are you a mentor to someone? Do you have a mentor? Why don’t you share your inspiration here!
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