Helping others achieve their best through mentoring

He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. - Acts 18:25 (NIV)

The computer refused to cooperate as the young woman pressed its buttons. The more she tried, the more stubborn the computer became. Frustrated and ready to cry, she stood with her shoulders slumped. That's how I found her when I pulled up to the drive-thru window.

She had just turned sixteen and was finishing her first week of employment at the fast-food restaurant. She looked defeated and ready to quit. “Take your time,” I told her. She turned to me with a grateful look, then turned around and asked for help.

Immediately, two older women appeared by her side. They showed her how to address the computer issue and assured her she was doing fine. “You don’t have to know everything in your first week,” they told her.

Then an amazing thing happened. They engaged in a group hug. In the middle of a busy day, these two women took time to care for and nurture their newest co-worker.

She emerged from that hug with a genuine smile. A burden had lifted from her shoulders.

Driving off with my food, I pondered what I had seen. It was a heart-warming scene that I call a “God moment,” an event where you can see God at work. It’s not a big, miracle moment, but a small one, and if you are not paying attention, you will miss it.

The young women may have had ideas of what it was like to work at a fast-food restaurant. You take a customer’s order and money and hand them their food in return. It’s common knowledge to anyone who has ever eaten out, but there’s more to it than we may think. The young women’s co-workers know this, and they chose to pass this knowledge on to their young protégé.

In Acts 18:24-28, we meet a man named Apollos, a friend of Paul. He was a very religious man and wanted to share his knowledge with others. He was a great teacher, but something was missing.

This is where Aquila and Priscilla come in.

Also friends with Paul, the husband and wife were mentors in the Christian community. They noticed the great faith Apollos had for the Lord. But as they listened to him teach, realized he did not completely understand the Gospel.

They took him under their wings and gave him everything he needed to know about the Gospel. With their guidance and support, Apollos became a successful minister to God’s word.

Both Apollos and the young women I encountered at the drive-thru window knew how to do their jobs. And they did it well. But with help of loving mentors, they were able to do so much more.

We don’t have to be in a formal relationship to mentor someone. Being a mentor doesn’t even mean you have to know the person. It can be as easy as showing a young parent at the grocery store how to pick the perfect watermelon. Or advising a new college student on their first day of class. These moments are out there. We only need to look.

Has anyone ever mentored you? How has it impacted your life? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

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