Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Value of Mentoring

The word 'mentor' is bandied around a lot these days. It's used by coaches, whether they be life, business or otherwise, and used a lot on various websites and in articles published everywhere.

Have you really considered the meaning of this word? When you research its meaning you find this through Answers.com:
  1. A wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
  2. Mentor Greek Mythology. Odysseus's trusted counselor, in whose guise Athena became the guardian and teacher of Telemachus.
Dictionary.com lists:

1.a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2.an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
–verb (used without object)
3.to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
–verb (used with object)
4.to act as a mentor to: The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.

Let's go back and revisit Titus 2:4,5 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

We can see here that Paul is instructing the older women in the church to act as Mentors, to train (influence) the younger women, to be a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

For years I've wanted to find someone who could be my mentor but my life has been such that senior women are in my life for a short period of time, I learn from them and move on. I've also sought a Prayer Partner (after reading Stormie OMartian's The Power of a Praying Wife) but a regular partner has eluded me too. However, I've found myself, almost by accident, in a permanent mentoring role to many women worldwide, simply through my business and what I do on a daily basis. The book I wrote and published last year has extended that role and it is my hope that this blog will also birth a new book, as a sequel and extension to the first.

If you haven't read Stormie's book, you can find it linked below.














And you'll find a copy of my book Worth More Than Rubies linked to the image.

2 comments:

Claudia L. Meydrech, CN said...

I have read the book by Stormy O., but do have to be sure and get a copy of yours soon...so many books, so little time. God bless!

Claudia
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Karen O'Bannon said...

Just a few days ago I spoke to a group of accountants about the value of mentoring and the possibilities such a privilage creates. I believe that mentoring is the only way to ensure the installation of good values and principles.