Age Should Speak and the Young Pay Attention
God wants you to use your experiences to mentor others.
Mentoring is far more intentional than simply ministering to somebody when he’s hurting or motivating him when he’s down or giving him an example. Mentoring is when you actually take an interest in a person’s life and commit to helping him along.
1 John 1:3 says, “what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (NASB).
What is a mentor? A mentor is simply an experienced, trusted counselor or guide. What do you look for in a mentor? You look for experience. You look for perspective, and you look for somebody you can trust.
Actually the word “mentor” comes from Homer’s poem, “The Odyssey.” When the king goes off to fight the Trojan war, he leaves his kingdom in the hands of a trusted counselor named Mentor. Mentor actually teaches and raises the king’s son. That’s where we get the word “mentor.”
A mentor is like a personal coach. Everybody needs a personal coach, and needs to be a personal coach. Personal coaches bring out the best in you. They see in you things that you don’t see in yourself. A mentor helps you with three areas: role, goal, and soul. What do you do in life? What are you accomplishing in life? And, what are you becoming in life? Mentors help you become what you can become.
The Bible says in Proverbs 25:12, “Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.” (NASB).
All education used to be done by mentors. In the Middle Ages, there were no schools. You would be apprenticed to a master craftsman, and he would train you one on one. That’s how you would learn to be a shoemaker or one of many other crafts. Today mentors are used more than ever before. They use mentors in the military, management, sales, sports, schools, and politics. No athlete would think of signing to be a pro player without a coach. Pavarotti would not think of singing without a vocal coach. Even presidents have their mentors.
Why? Because no matter how successful you are, or how successful you think you are, you always need a mentor. You’ll need one the rest of your life. It’s how you get to the top. You’ve got to have people who are speaking into your life.
Job 32:7 says, “I thought age should speak, and increased years should teach wisdom.” (NASB). Are you doing that? Are you teaching anybody? Are you sharing any of your experiences, or are they being wasted?
“Please inquire of past generations, and consider the things searched out by their fathers.” – Job 8:8 (NASB). Are you being mentored by someone with experience and whom you trust? It’s wise to learn from experience. It’s wiser to learn from the experiences of others.