I recently posted a simple definition of “mentor” from Dictionary.com
The definition paints a picture of the mentor being someone who has gone before, gained wisdom in a particular area, and has then shared with those who have yet to gain wisdom in a particular area.
- Does the definition draw a clear picture for you?
- What questions does this definition leave you asking?
For a bit more clarity, let me share my simple understanding of what a mentor IS and what a mentor is NOT.
I was talking with a friend recently and shared my heart on the matter. I shared with her from my perspective:
What a mentor is NOT:
Someone who has all the answers
Someone who stands over you waiting for you to fail again
Someone who agrees with the lies of the enemy
Someone who walks away when things get tough
What is mentor IS:
Someone who has walked the road a little ahead of you
Someone who cares
Someone who speaks truth
Someone who sits with you in darkness and shines the light in
Someone who loves deeply because she has been loved deeply by God – it’s all she has
Someone who believes in you when you cannot see to believe in yourself
Someone who challenges you
That’s all…just a friend.