One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts. – Psalm 145:4
As a mom, friend, mentor, and ministry leader, this is one verse that reminds me of the importance of mentorship. Our calling as Christians, regardless of context, demands our investment in the lives of others. We are challenged to point out His work in those before us and through us to those coming behind us – from generation to generation.
Generations in Families
One night, my husband and I were recalling the early years of our marriage. It was an opportunity to praise God for the work He has done in our lives. Our twenty-one year old daughter was present and engaged in the conversation. We shared our experiences growing up with our own parents. We shared the lessons we learned about life. Also we compared them to what our daughter experienced growing up with us. Share the generational wisdom that you have learned along the way. Pass your legacy from the generations before to the generations to come in your family line.
Generations in Friends
It is a privilege to sit with my friends and encourage them as well as learn from them. There are times of intentionality, mostly in coffee/lunch dates. Sometimes we meet one on one. Sometimes there are 3 or 4 of us. We share life, encourage each other, listen to each other, and pray together. It is as we are living life together that we share, we watch, we listen, we learn. Some days one of us has it more together than the others. There is never one of us that always has it all together. We are a variety of ages, in the midst of raising a family, an empty nester, and grandmothers. Seek variety in your friendships.
Generations in Leaders
As a ministry leader, every moment is a teachable moment. Involve each member at the table to be proactive and inclusive. We all have something to learn from each other. Invest in each member individually with one on one time. Invest in them collectively with intentionality. Allow them to take turns encouraging, praying, teaching, and training each other. This is equipping the saints. It is raising up the next generation of leadership.
Mentorship is not so much an activity as much as it is a lifestyle. From generation to generation.