A Role You Can Play - Encouragement Café - May 18, 2016

A Role You Can Play by Jill Beran

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.  1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV

Me, a mentor?  The idea seemed crazy and the potential role was scary.  I wasn’t qualified.  I felt like I still had a lot to learn.  And I thought someone else could do it better.

Then God took me down memory lane.  He reminded me of mentors who have impacted me greatly.  They are not perfect, but they make themselves available.  They don’t have all the answers, but they are willing to listen to my questions.

They are women who have made mistakes, but they are honest and share them with me so that I can avoid making them myself.  They are women who believe in me and encourage me to follow God faithfully.

A mentor is one who follows Christ and sets an example so that I can do the same.  I’m grateful God has given me mentors.  As I reflect on the impact they’ve made, I’m motivated to let Him work through me in a similar way.

How about you?  Like me, have you been a bit intimidated by the thought of being a mentor?  Will you join me in living out our key verse today, 1 Corinthians 11:1, and allow God to use you as a mentor?

You may not feel like you qualify, but God says you do!!  We always have more to learn, but we can share what we’ve already been taught!  Others are wonderful mentors, but God knows there are people watching you and me!!

Friend, don’t let the role intimidate you!  Choose to follow Christ and the mentoring will happen… share life with those around you, be open with your struggles and encourage those who follow in your steps.

You, my friend, are a mentor.  Be one who follows Christ, glorifies God and builds the kingdom!!

Does the thought of being a mentor leave you overwhelmed or frightened?  Take those fears to the Lord and ask Him to help you live out the roles He’s created you for.  

Look for ways to influence those who are following in your steps.  Be willing to share your life, mistakes and faith.  Continue to learn from women who are a step ahead and strive to follow Christ so that you can be a mentor who makes a difference!!

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the mentors You have placed In my life.  I am grateful for the role they have played and the work You’ve done through them.  It’s humbling to think You could do something similar through me.  Help me not be intimidated by the role, but embrace it.  Help me follow You so that I can set an example for others to follow.  May I keep my eyes on You, my ears open to You and my mind focused on You.  And Lord, may you receive all the glory!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Originally published Wednesday, 18 May 2016.