The other day, my daughter, Chelsea blogged about going walking in the local mall with her mother and me, “I’m not sure what kind of single twenty-something girl that makes me”.
Trust me, the goal was not to go to the Mall, but to find an out of the weather location to get our walk in. The wind was blowing hard, it was cold, and at the moment it seemed like a good idea.
At the cost of looking pretty geriatric doing it, we did cover a couple of miles and were able to increase our energy output by dodging the people coming at us as we walked (the salmon swimming upstream analogy does apply here). We put up with the stigma and inconvenience to accomplish the goal of getting some exercise. (Next time I think being at the mercy of the elements would be a better means to the goal).
Mentoring and being mentored is the same. Most of the time, it is inconvenient and carries a certain stigma (both positive & negative). The goal of mentoring is not to have fun, be popular or accomplish something easy, but to grow. If we have that higher goal, with diligent persistence we can overcome the obstacles to getting it done.
If you want to listen to my view on the subject you can find an audio message at this link; http://www.valleyfellowship.org/audio.
If you would like to read Chelsea’s Blog you can find it here; http://chelslynn.com.