The importance of mentoring

The wisdom we gain in this lifetime provides a treasure box full of teaching for younger women.

As a young adult, my baking skills were limited. I occasionally made a cake or brownies, but never gave much thought to it other than opening a box and mixing ingredients.

That changed once I married, and my mother-in-law gave me a new appreciation for baking. She studied cooking shows as if she were a student. She tried new recipes, sometimes adjusting them. She baked everything with care and love.

When I asked her to help me improve my skills, she did not show me how to bake. She taught me. 

She invited me to browse through her extensive recipe collection to experiment on my own. Over time, I mastered my husband’s favorite deserts. My love for baking has grown over the years, and thanks to my mother-in-law I am better at it. 

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Mentoring is not a new thing. The word itself is not mentioned in the Bible. But we do see mentoring relationships throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Jethro guided his son-in-law, Moses, through the trials of leadership. Moses paid it forward by becoming a mentor to Joshua, his successor.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. - Proverbs 27:17

There are also mentoring relationships between women. Ruth and Naomi were not only family, they were friends. Naomi’s used her wisdom gained in life to guide Ruth.

In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not slaves to excessive drinking. They are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, workers at home, kind, and in submission to their husbands, so that God’s word will not be slandered. - Titus 2:

We have a responsibility as women - to mentor other women in their Christian walk. We don’t need an education to be a mentor. In fact, we already have what we need - life experiences.

It’s not easy to find our way in this world. That’s why it’s important for us to help each other.

Has someone affected your life through mentoring? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about it.

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