A Word to the Mentor
For many, many years I looked for her. As a young pastor's wife, how was I to successfully navigate being a wife, mother counselor, friend, minister...... Surely there had to be a woman who had successfully done this before. Where was she? I needed someone who still had a joyful spirit in spite of the many trials of life; someone older and more experienced than I was, who still loved God with all of her heart, her husband (if she had one) with a passion, her children (if she had any) with a quiet, accepting peace. I needed a woman who loved to be in the company of other women without competing, who could rejoice at the triumph of her friends, and weep with them when they were in turmoil; a woman who was not a man-hater or man-blamer; a woman who was not obsessed with her 'outward appearance', yet was very careful about her grooming, and did not think it unchristian to be beautiful.
And when I found her, I was going to ask her, even beg her, to be my mentor in a more formal way than just by observation and arms-length admiration. I am amused now, remembering those early days of searching, looking for this wonderful person. And I found her - but not in one person. She was to be found in the many wonderful women whom I met. Part of her in this one, part of her in that one.... Then one day, as I peevishly complained to God, I heard His still small voice "Well, why don't YOU become her?" O what a wonderful way God has of quieting our restless spirits. With one sentence, He birthed the Women In Covenant Mentoring Ministry.
Welcome to the wonderful world of mentoring! You are about to embark on what can become the most thrilling, rewarding, challenging period of your life, as you partner with the Lord to sow and invest into the life of another person. May He bless you as you prayerfully consider leading another into 'paths of righteousness.'
Ezra 7:10 reads 'For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek (study) the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel'. This is the verse by which I order my life of service to the Lord, and I pray that it will find a resting place in your heart also. Notice that Ezra prepared his heart, studied the law of the Lord, did it, and then taught it - in that order.
So the Lord has tapped you to become a mentor. What a glorious priviledge! I pray His blessing upon you as you faithfully and diligently seek Him. Be gentle and use great wisdom as you gain entrance into her heart - that is holy ground. May His grace and love flow through you as you exemplify the scripture 'as He is, so are we in this world' I John 4:17.
Remember, Prepare! Study! Do! Teach! Come on! Place your hand firmly in His, as He seeks to reward you for being a faithful servant.
Eve Lynne Rowena Fenton