Did you realize the Church was designed to provide mentors for us all? In Titus 2:3-5, Paul discusses the idea of older women teaching the younger women. (There are similar passages for men.) God knows sometimes we need someone more experienced than us to figure out what God’s Words look like lived out in every day experiences. He also knows there are some secular topics like nursing, that are easier for us if we have someone answering our questions.
Of course today, we often think we are too smart to need mentors. After all, isn’t that the function of Google? The problem is Google can’t hold your hand or give you a hug when you are upset. Google won’t actively listen to your concerns. Google doesn’t filter its “advice” for whether or not it is godly. Only fellow Christians can help us with those things.
Young people in their teens and twenties for a variety of reasons have often been left on their own to figure things out by themselves or with peers since they can remember. The idea of asking an older person to mentor them or even thinking someone older will really listen and then give something worthwhile to help is foreign to many of them.
That’s why I was intrigued when given the chance to review Face to Face: Discover How Mentoring Can Change Your Life by Jayme Hull and Laura Captari. Face to face walks young women through the concept of mentoring. The author breaks mentoring into five basic concepts to each of which she devotes a section of the book. Hull begins with making the case for the need for having a mentor and then covers how to find one, how to develop your relationship with a mentor, how to be authentic and finally how to become a mentor yourself.