Mentorship: What’s In It For Me?
Mentorship is a lost art form. It wasn’t long ago that society valued the wisdom of those who lived before-hand and had already ‘learned the ropes’. Once upon a time it was a way of life. I fear that currently it is often viewed as outdated and heavy. It’s time to bring it back to the middle. God wants to re-establish this aspect of family. He is doing it by raising up leaders in this current generation who know first-hand the lifesaving value of mentorship. For me, this forgotten aspect of life was exactly that, lifesaving.
It wasn’t long after my DTS that I met Beth. In fact, I had only been home for a week when my pastor introduced me to this lovely lady. Beth started attended my home church right before I returned home. God has entrusted her with an incredible ministry that is rich with His love. Her call is focused around two things: helping establish Christ’s identity into the hearts of women and walking side by side with young women in order to help them step into their destiny. She was exactly what I had always needed. She was someone who would step up and mentor me.
For a year she walked closely by my side, encouraging me in the low times and challenging me in the greatest ways. She established Jesus’ DNA in me and helped to renew my mind in order to think like a child of God. She was a divinely connected person orchestrated specifically for my life, keen to hearing the voice of God and obedient in saying yes when He called her to show me truth.
He is raising up leaders in this current generation who know first-hand the lifesaving value of mentorship.
It hasn’t always been easy. There were many times when I wished she would just leave me alone. I’m sure there were times when she wanted to quit too. But instead, she would get down on her knees and intercede for me. True love, never gives up. She showed me what it means to love with an “ahava” kind of love; to love without expectation of anything in return.
Her presence in my life was in no way for her gain. She saw a girl who loved Jesus but needed someone to lay the map of the Kingdom before them and teach them the ways of the road. This is exactly what she did. She called me higher, provoked me to pursue the hard things and urged me to trust fall into the arms of my Heavenly Father.
I was firmly planted into Kingdom family, knowing without a doubt that my new name was “daughter of the most high King”. In fact, Beth’s choice name for me was “Princess”. Not because I was spoiled or entitled, but because every time she called on me, she also was speaking identity into me. I am royalty in the Kingdom of God, literally walking around with the DNA of Jesus flowing through my veins.
I have to wonder if I would have ever come to this beautiful revelation had Beth refused God and left me to my own devices. Would all of those precious seeds planted during DTS ever have had the chance to sprout in my life? Would I have been walking closely enough with the Lord to hear Him when He called me back to missions? Would I even still be following after Him?
I am royalty in the Kingdom of God, literally walking around with the DNA of Jesus flowing through my veins.
Think of the implications. It was her obedience to this high calling that has set in motion, at least in part if not in large part, my own destiny and calling. Within that destiny, I know God has set into place divine moments in time when I am to say yes and impact others lives as well. That is how the Kingdom works. It’s a ripple effect, a factor of multiplication. Life bears fruit of life and when we share this truth with others, life continues to multiply. It’s time will all make a purpose in our hearts to become multipliers.