“The works that I do [you] will do also.” Jn 14:12 NKJV
Jesus was the perfect mentor. He told His disciples, “The works that I do [you] will do also.” If you want to reach the fullness of your God-given potential, ask God for the right mentors. You will always go further with a good mentor coaching and pushing you. Some mentors are given for a short season, others for a lifetime, so you must know the difference. How do you recognize a mentor? In eight ways. The credo of the true mentor is this: (1) I am willing to spend the time it takes to build a close relationship with the learner. (2) I commit myself to believing in the potential of the learner; to telling them the exciting future I see ahead for him or her; to visualizing and verbalizing the possibilities for his or her life. (3) I am willing to be vulnerable and transparent before the learner. I’m willing to share not only my strengths and successes, but also my weaknesses, failures, brokenness, and sins. (4) I am willing to be honest yet affirming in confronting the learner’s errors, faults, and areas of immaturity. (5) I am committed to standing by the learner through trials—even trials that are self-inflicted as a result of ignorance or error. (6) I am committed to helping the learner set goals for his or her spiritual life, career, or ministry, and to helping the learner dream his or her dream. (7) I am willing to objectively evaluate the learner’s progress toward his or her goal. (8) Above all, I am committed to faithfully living out everything I teach.
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