What To Look For In A Mentor?

I get asked this one a lot.  So many young adults want a mentor in life – someone to point the way, speak into the person they are becoming and encourage them to live for Jesus in every aspect of life.  But when it comes to actually finding a mentor, people tend to freeze up largely because we’re not sure what to look for in a mentor.  Does it need to be someone older?  Should they be professionally successful?  How do I know they would be interested?  How do I know they are qualified?

There are so many ways to answer those questions but one of the simplest and most helpful comes from the book of Hebrews.  Here’s what the authors writes, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”(Heb.13:7)

Consider the outcome of their way of life.  In other words, do you want to become like this person?  Do you want to lead like they do?  Manage conflict like they do?  Serve like they do?  Give like they do?  If the answer is yes, go for it.  If the answer is no, wave off!

It’s a simple test I know but the best ones usually are!

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