i have a unique working situation compared to the typical PR professional, after all, i work at a Bible institute that is home to a college, a radio network and a publishing company. and because of this unique set-up, there are a lot of pretty incredible opportunities, at least in my eyes, that come my way.

the first year i worked here, i was made aware of a mentoring program here at moody that aims to pair students with employees. at that time i was way to self-absorbed and rather self-righteous to consider being a mentor, not to mention completely intimidated by these bible studying students who i assumed knew so much more than me because they are bible studying students.

the next year, i was way too consumed with my own journey that there was no way i was going to sign-up to be a mentor. which, looking back was a very good thing. God was doing so much in me, a complete gut-rehab, that there is no way i could have been a mentor to anyone. i needed that time alone with the Lord, just He and i. He was ripping out all the junk that i had accumulated for my 27 years of existence, that if i had tried to be anyone’s mentor i’m pretty sure they would have been seriously injured (like a nail in the forehead kind of injured).

but this year is different, praise the Lord! i am still a work in progress and will be for the rest of my life, but let’s just say the new foundation is poured, all the frames are up, the roof is on and now we get to decorate (although the looks of all these rooms are going change – frequently, furniture moved around, walls painted, cleaned out, etc. for the rest of my life – thank God we don’t have to live with same look our entire lives!)

so, today was my first day with meeting my mentee, whom i will call mentee as to not “expose” her to my blog too much. we met for an hour today and discussed what she is really hoping to gain from this relationship. and wouldn’t you know, the EXACT stuff that i have learned in the past few years, the EXACT things that the Lord had to rip out and throw away and “re-teach” me are the things she would like wisdom with. i just couldn’t help but smile when she mentioned to me where she’s come from and where she desires to go but that she just isn’t sure what that looks like. i just smiled at her and told her God knew what He was doing when He paired us together.

i praise God for the trials, for the ups and downs, the times when i didn’t see Him but had to trust He was there, and the times when He turned up the heat and i wanted to run but He wouldn’t let me. i praise Him for the easy lessons, oh how i praise Him for the easy ones, and i revere Him more for the hard lessons, for they are the ones that make me more like Him.

titus 2: 3-  says:

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

there is such a need for the mentor/mentee relationship in our churches, and it is a biblical mandate that as women we pursue those relationships. i am so grateful for this opportunity to serve this younger woman in such a way. and just as grateful for all the women in my life who serve as mentors to me. i can’t imagine making it through this life with grace and dignity without them!