Guiding someone along the way

When two of my grandchildren started school, the school provided each kindergartner with a buddy. The buddy was an older child in an advanced grade. You could say the buddy, “knew the ropes.” The purpose of the buddy was to show the younger child the proper ways of their new environment, answer questions, be their resource and provide encouragement and support.

The buddy was often seen in the cafeteria, prepared to provide an open seat for the youngster and frequently inquired about the days events. The buddy fulfilled the role of a mentor as they used their knowledge and experience to support and guide someone maneuvering through a place in life they had already been.

What do you do with your life experiences?

In the 2nd chapter of Titus, Paul fulfills a form of mentoring when he tells Titus to teach older women so they can train younger women. Paul also mentors Titus when he tells Titus to encourage young men, set an example and teach them, himself. Whew! There is a lot of mentoring going on in the 2nd chapter of Titus!

Mentoring can be done in a professional or personal setting. It can be formal or informal and can be done one on one or in a group. There is no specific material to be used. Each mentoring relationship is different because it should be driven by the needs of the mentee. Such as the needs of the kindergartner explained above.

In a mentoring relationship, the mentor has something the mentee wants: Knowledge! Knowledge from experience. Knowledge in an area they want to grow in. And the mentor is willing to give their knowledge for the benefit of the mentee. A mentor may help guide someone down a career path, connect them to resources. Or, support someone through a challenging situation, a serious decision or even a major life event. 

Mentoring is an experience! Above all else, mentoring is rewarding to both the mentee and the mentor.

Have you had a mentor in your life?

Have you been a mentor to someone else?

What do you do with your life experiences?