January 6, 2018

Mentor the Emerging Generation

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 6, 2018

At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.   Proverbs 7:6-7

Most young people yearn for someone to invest time and wisdom in them. They know deep in their heart they need help handling their heartaches. Their naïve level of knowledge has yet to graduate them from the ‘school of hard knocks’, so they need wise and loving instruction. Who in your circle of influence is a candidate for your caring attention?

It may be a son or daughter, a colleague at work or a friend from church. God places people in our lives for a purpose. Perhaps you prayerfully pursue a mentor relationship with a teachable young person. They can learn from your mistakes as much or more as from your wise choices.

Mentors are not perfect, just wiser from failure and humbled by successes. Look around and ask the Lord to lead you to a young person who may be edging toward the wrong direction. Reach out and you will have returned the favor to someone who loved you.

“Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well” (1 Timothy 1:18).

Indeed mentors take time for others because they are eternally grateful for those who took time for them. Gratitude to God is a great reason to go the extra mile with someone younger. Read books together; maybe a book a month for a year. Meet over coffee to discuss how the book challenged your thinking or changed your behavior for the better.

A young leader can preclude problems when she is able to model the wise habits of her mentor. Always invite an older adult into your life who can educate you in the ways of God. Moreover, the mentoring process is valuable to both parties. It provides accountability, encouragement, love and obedience to Christ’s commands. Mentor young people so they follow the right path, and in turn, help someone else do the same.

The Bible says, “… encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children… likewise urge the young men to be sensible…” (Titus 2:4,6).


In whom is the Lord leading me to invest time, wisdom and resources?

Related Reading

Job 32:6; Psalm 119:9; Matthew 28:20; Titus 2:1-8

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