What struck me about this portion of Paul’s instructions to Titus was the importance of spiritual mentorships. It’s something that has been on my mind for some time now. I’ve been working on a book + Bible study for girls starting college, and as part of my research I surveyed over 300 college girls or recent grads from nearly as many different schools. A common piece of advice these girls would give to those coming behind them was to seek out a godly mentor. What this looked like varied among the girls in terms of age and proximity, but they wanted someone who could teach them — show them — how to live out their faith in this new, often contentious and antagonistic, environment.
A sophomore from Texas State said, “I wish I had had a personal mentor to guide me through the hard times and keep me motivated while also being able to celebrate accomplishments and victories. Someone who could strengthen my faith and answer any questions I had about Jesus.”
Paul’s instructions to Timothy are directed at both men and women, each with responsibilities toward those younger than them. Things like being sober-minded, self-controlled, reverent, dignified; sound in faith, love, steadfastness. To teach what is good, and set a good example in word and behavior.
What if we all took a younger seeker under our wings? What if we all submitted ourselves to the wisdom of a godly mentor? No matter your age or experience level, there is someone who has gone before you and someone who is coming up behind you.
I think many of us are missing out on this valuable part of what Christian community looks like, both as a giver and receiver.
I would love to hear your mentorship experience and any advice you have on finding or becoming a mentor. Thanks, friends!
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