Mentorship- An Excellent Way to Give Back
"So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”" 1 Peter 5:1-5 ESV
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17 NIV
Have you ever been a part of an internship? Often times colleges and universities use internships to help mentor students before they enter their career. This can help students better understand the nature and scope of the profession they are pursuing. In the same way, individuals can be mentored for just about anything. Generally, spending time with a seasoned person who has mastered what you’d like to learn is a form of mentorship.
If you are a master at anything in life, mentorship is an excellent way to give back. Mentoring formally or informally can help someone flatten their learning curve and benefit from your experience. It’s very rewarding for the mentor and the mentee!
Mentorships can be planned and organized
Some mentorships are formalized and follow specific paths. In the same way an intern might learn skills for their career, a mentorship can teach anyone how to do specific things as well. Formal mentorships may require an application process and only those most qualified participate in the mentorship.
Mentors may be selected based on their mastery and knowledge of a task or concept and may or may not be compensated for their help. Regardless, there’s great value in sharing wisdom that has helped a mentor become masterful of their gifts and talents so donating time is as important as being paid for it.
Mentorships don’t have to be formal
Mentorships aren’t just for business or formalized training. Mentorships can be for anything. A grandmother can mentor their grandchild about cooking or any other talent they may possess. A teacher may mentor children outside of the classroom sharing a unique gift or talent they possess. Even friends can mentor one another when they have gifts and talents that support other people.
You may already be mentoring and not even know it. If you are helping people in your sphere of influence to learn things that come easily for you, chances are you are mentoring. Keep it up! Sometimes simply being a kind and caring person is a form of mentorship. If someone is benefitting from something unique and wonderful about you, you’re a mentor.
Mentoring is an easy and important way to give back to your friends, family, and the community as a whole. Teaching and sharing your gifts and talents is a noble way to make a difference for the people who are learning and need your guidance, support, and wisdom.