Been thinking on this, what a fantastic thought(s). Two things hit me. First, mentoring doesn't mean BFF (Best Friends Forever). In order to be mentored or to mentor....you don't have to have everything in common, or love shoe shopping and late night chick flicks! For Biblical mentoring to happen, you both need to love Jesus and love what He loves. Do you realize what kind of pressure and expectations this kind of understanding can release?! We can be ourselves and still impact each other....without complete common ground in this earthly realm. We share common ground in the eternal realm and that's what most important.
I'm not saying it's not important to have girlfriends, but from an eternal perspective what we REALLY need to grow up in discipleship are some sisters in Christ to walk with (and we don't have to be best friends). We need pouring in and pouring out. This can happen in a moment ....in person, by a book, in a class, on Facebook, at church or in a casual conversation that turns to the things of The Lord. Ok. So this brings up a great point....do we look for the things of The Lord around us? To talk, think and express the things of Jesus?
Second thing that hit me. This kind of mentoring can happen in an instant so I need to be paying attention. See why the understanding is so important....if I'm waiting around for the perfect mentoring relationship where the heavens part and the angels sing ( get the picture in your head!) I might very well be missing a boatload of mentoring moments....to learn, be challenged, stretched and grown in. Because I'm longingly looking off up in sky for the "perfect" mentoring fit for me.
So. I'm being challenged and sharpened in how I look at mentoring moments in my life,...both in receiving them and offering them. Love it! Think on this with me, it's worth your time!