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Over the years, I’ve found some incredible mentors in my life—people who have spoken words of wisdom and guidance into our marriage, finances, personal life, and ministry. These people have left me wonderstruck by the richness they've added into my life.  But to be honest, finding such people hasn’t been easy. At times, I’ve reached out to people I hoped would become mentors who didn’t respond, didn’t have time, or didn’t particularly connect with the idea. Other times, I’ve waited for people to reach out to me, even dropping hints along the way, but the relationship never developed.

Here are four keys I’ve discovered to finding the perfect mentor:

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Giving Up Contempt for Lent: The Power of The Cross

I have tried (all too often unsuccessfully) to give up contempt for Lent. The journey over the last month and a half has revealed just how much contempt I have in my life-sometimes toward the oddest things and situations, ranging from my bank to people who don't take a shower in the weeks before they get on a flight to disdain for harsh leaders. Continue Reading...

How to Be A Mentor

Margaret —  February 6, 2010 — 2 Comments

How to Be A Mentor

I'm often asked about the importance of mentoring, and I think it's something that our generation craves. We long for older, wiser people to come into our lives and walk alongside of us.

We want them to love us, pray for us, challenge us, and root for us.

Yet a good mentor is hard to find. Part of the challenge is that our expectations are out of line. We may look to a mentor to be a kind of expert, sage, or counselor beyond their expertise, ability, or comfort level.

A good mentor is simply someone who will walk beside you who has a little bit more dust on them. They may have been down the same road or a different one, but they know you're better off not taking it alone. They know when to speak, when to listen, and when to silently pray. Being a good mentor (or mentoree) isn't easy. There's always some stumbling and fumbling involved, but knowing that someone is for you and with goes a long way to smooth things over.

How to Be A Mentor

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