To Be a Mentor
Prevalent Qualities in the Life of a Mentor
A good mentor is not selfish; does not try and impress others. Is humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 NLT)
A good mentor will be someone whose lifestyle will portray strong consistent values. Is a Strong Role Model. (Genesis 18, 1 Timothy 3:4,5)
- A good mentor will be willing to not only share his great victories in life, but also his great struggles and failures. Will be transparent with his experiences. Able to Share Their Life's Experiences.
- A good mentor will exhibit integrity/honesty, kindness, respect, courage, and self-discipline. Maintain High Standards.
- A good mentor will often be required to do a lot more listening than speaking. Be a Good Listener.
Attributes of a good listener:
- Showing interest in the topic being discussed.
- Paying full attention.
- Allowing ample time for the other person to express themselves.
- Exercising patience without being aggravated.
- A sign of a good mentor is not what they build externally, but what they can build within others. An Ability to Teach Others.
- The motivation of a good mentor is based on the eight factors of Spiritual Wisdom (James 3:17,18).
- Pure of Heart
- Full of Mercy
- Full of Good Fruit
- Without Partiality
- Without Hypocrisy
- A good mentor exemplifies the characteristics of a good coach. Good coaches are not necessarily the best players in their field of expertise, but they know how to inspire to be the best they can be. An ability to build-up and encourage others.
- A good mentor is someone who knows how to criticize mistakes without criticizing the person. Tactful but direct.
- A good mentor knows that the ingredient, which allows him to withdraw, is called respect. Able to give advice/direction and then withdraw.
- A good mentor will set accomplishable short-term and long-term goals. Able to set Godly goals.
May we all desire to become the mentor that God intended for us to be!
“Be friends with those who are wise, and you will become wise. Choose fools to be your friends, and you will have trouble.”
Proverbs 13:20 (ERV)