This week at Living Life Recovery we are looking at week five of our six-week series ‘MENTORING’ – Dispelling some mentoring myths.
Discipline in recovery means doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. Whether we want to or not.
In the Message Bible in Psalms 121:1-2 “I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.” God alone is the source of all recovery victory. He watches over us in every area of our lives and protects us when we put our faith in Him. He guards our lives and hearts against dangers and temptations that threaten to lead us to relapse and destruction.
It is important in the mentoring process we believe and remember there is one Master and one true Mentor. If we are truly going truly make a difference in the lives of others everything we do and say needs to founded in His Spirit.
There are many myths (excuses) about mentoring that we and others use for not following through on tasks begun in Jesus’ name.
Some of them are:
- I’m too young/old
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.
- I’m too inexperienced
John 3:11 Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions.
- I lack confidence
Psalms 12:1 Quick, God, I need your helping hand! The last decent person just went down, All the friends I depended on gone.
- I can’t find the right people
Luke 6:35 “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never–I promise–regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst.”
- I’m too busy
Matthew 11:17 ‘We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.’
- I’m concerned about committing myself for an extended period
John 6:29 Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.”
I am sure you can find many other myths about the process of mentoring these are just some I thought of. The bottom line is in the process of life and recovery God brings into our sphere of influence many people He wants us to engage with and help where we can. Don’t let these or other excuses stop you from being all He is calling you to be and doing all He is calling you to do.