'Listen to advice...and...you will be wise...' Proverbs 19:20 NIV
Paul took a young guy named Timothy under his wing. They had such a strong mentor/mentee relationship Paul called him his ‘true son in the faith.’ (1 Timothy 1:2 GNT) The pair ended up travelling around, helping to grow, and look after, churches. They even ended up in prison for their Godly work together on more than one occasion. Paul helped Timothy become the person that God wanted him to be, and he could only do that because Timothy knew how to take advice seriously.
It’s so, so important to be able to learn from others. No matter how much you know, you still have something to learn. André Agassi was a world-class tennis player whose coach wasn’t nearly as good as him on the court. But when asked, André stated, ‘Tennis requires subtle adjustments crucial to winning and my coach... is the best... The older I get, the more valuable he becomes.’ Even consistent winners need help to improve!
Chances are, there’s someone in your church who could teach you a lot—someone to go back to with questions and problems and ideas and prayer requests and, well, everything.
It can sometimes feel a bit weird talking about faith with someone outside of our group of mates. Especially when the person seems to be one of those have–it–all–together people. But that’s exactly the sort of person who might just make a great mentor. It’s worth being brave. Go on. Ask for advice.
SoulFood: Jn 14:6-11, Acts 4:8-12, Acts 16:22-34, Mt 1:18-21
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd