Mentoring

Sometimes there are certain themes in life with which we are continually pounded. I often try to dwell on those poundings, though they are sometimes painful, because I am certain they appear as nudges from the Spirit. The theme for me recently: mentoring. Working at a college in different capacities has found me often in mentoring relationships – mentoring students and being mentored by faculty/administrators. While I always look forward to being mentored, because I love soaking up wisdom from those who have gone before, I too often struggle to know where to go when mentoring others. But this past week Erin really challenged my insecurities, and a good friend told me to trust that the Lord is using me, even when it feels like that is not the case. And so today I met with a student whom I mentor, and then met with my mentor. What great experiences these both were, though completely different in what they entailed. I am thankful for what the Lord is doing in my life, though it is not easy! I am convinced, though, that part of living in Christian community is being in these types of relationships where you are pressed to be transparent, honest, and to dwell with one another in the “space between.”



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  1. Zach Alexander on

    Hi again Jamie – I came across this post via a search for “quaker” and “mentoring.” I just applied to my workplace’s mentoring program, and it occurred to me that it would be wonderful if there were a Quaker mentoring program…

    (Though I suppose one could always take initiative without one)


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