A Mentor

There are many amazing men and women of God in the bible who never fails to inspire and encourage us. Their faith and unwavering trust in God has moved mountains and do unusual miracles.  

Today, I want to share about one thing Moses did right. What can life of Moses teach us about success today? He is a man who started his ministry at 80. He has an impossible task of bringing the children of God out from the land of slavery. We all know the story and the victories God gave Moses and the people he led. In the end, he did not even entered the promised land.  

Moses allowed mentor into his life.  
God just gave him a victory over the enemies. They were all drowned in the Red Sea. However, to manage and lead a few million ex-slaves is not a simple task. He became a judge over the people and was so busy from morning till evening. (Imagine all the fights, rivalry, quarrels, disputes and marriage problems of a few millions people are all on your shoulders!) 

Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions,and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. (Exodus 18) 

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Mentorship requires humility. Moses just delivered the children of Israel. He could have told his father-in-law “Do you know who I am? What I just did? Now you are advising me?” Despite his victory, Moses is humble enough to accept advice from someone. After all, bible said that he was the meekest man on earth.

I am very fortunate to have a mentor who loves me deeply. He is trustworthy and honest. A person of wisdom, intelligence and high character standards. Even then, I struggled a lot. Because very often, when someone wanted to give us advice, we may feel bad or ‘not good enough’ as it exposes our weakness. Sometimes I’m hurt and defensive. But I know I have put down my pride and choose to submit. Initially I did it because that is the way of God and it pleases Him. After a while, God gave me the grace to understand the reason behind it. And I am glad I obeyed God.

Mentorship is a relationship, not a transaction. Mentors does not give you all the answers to your life but to challenge your beliefs and help you to grow to a new level. So that you can be more effective and efficient in your game. 

I pray that God will send you someone who believes in you. Basically, this person LOVES you. He/she is motivated by love.  

~1 Cor 13:7 Loves believes all things, hopes all things~  

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You may believe in yourself, but sometimes, we may be fooled by our own doubts and fears. When you doubt yourself and If you have a more experienced person who believes and motivates you, you will be empowered to endure and persevere. You will have the strength to go on and not give up.  This will creates a healthy and encouraging environment where you can thrive and grow. A loving environment! Let’s face it. Life is not a bed of roses and success is not easy. When you are breaking down, only a successful environment can help you to get up and fight again.

I pray God will send you someone who can show you the way. This can save you years of wandering around the same mountain. (Those people took 40 years for a 11 days journey) From where you are now to where you want to be, there could be wrong assumptions, setbacks, blindspots, unrealistic expectations and many other challenges. I pray God will send you this mentor who can guide you in the right direction and refocus your efforts towards your goals. I pray he/she will have the necessary experience in your industry or ministry. I pray he/she will share with you all the secrets and tricks to success in that area and hence, shorten your learning curve. 

A mentor can share with you all the bad decisions they made in the past, so you don’t have to repeat the same mistakes. 

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I pray God will send you someone who brings out the best in you. Mentorship is tough love. They will love you enough to tell you what you need to hear. They are not afraid to offend or hurt you because they love you and know that is the best for you. Many times such conversations are painful but necessary. That’s how they bring out the best in you.  How and when to give you constructive criticism is an art. Some people like to use the ‘sandwich’ method where they will praise you and by the way, highlight your mistakes, then bring out your good qualities again. But that doesn’t necessary makes it completely not “painful” or “hurtful”. It’s a good thing. Embrace it. (I’m not talking about people who put your down or use it as an opportunity to attack you personally. Pray for wisdom to know the difference. ) 

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I pray that our good Father in Heaven knows what you need. He loves you and at the right time, He will send you a mentor with the right values and beliefs to bring you to a new level so you can be more effective and efficient in what you do. You shall walk in your destiny, be who He has called you to be and be a blessing everywhere you go. Well, Moses did not make it into the promise land but he mentored someone who did. He name is Joshua.

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