The National Mentoring Partnership designated January as National Mentoring Month. They have information on different ways you can get involved with mentoring and establishing a mentor relationship. If it is something you are interested, I strongly suggest you check them out.
To me, having at least one mentor relationship is an essential part of human growth and relationship development.
I could not think of anyone better to talk to you about their mentoring experience and the importance of mentoring than my homegirl Tiffani from Breakfast With Tiffani.
Tiffani is going to share with us about her own personal mentoring relationships and how it has impacted her life.
Mentorship is important for everyone of all ages. Let’s face it, the majority of us want to be great in life, correct?
What better way to achieve greatness than by having people around you that can coach you and lead you to that greatness. One of the reasons I am the person I am today is because of the people that are in my life that believed in me and coached me along the way.
One of my spiritual gifts is exhortation.Mentorship is important for people of all ages. w/ @tiffaniandco Click To Tweet
The gift of exhortation or encouragement comes from the greek word “Parakaleo”. It means to beseech, exhort, call upon, to encourage and to strengthen. Additionally, I have always had a passion for youth and seeing them succeed.
Although education runs in my family, as far back as my grandparents, I knew teaching, in the formal sense, was NOT a gifting of mine.
Knowing this, I decided to use the gifts that God gave me and encourage youth through mentorship. Additionally, I started Breakfast With Tiffani so that I could share and encourage others to tap into the unseen and unheard abundant life in Christ spoken in the book of John and 1 Corinthians.
Although I made a choice to mentor young ladies so that I can make a meaningful impact on their life, what surprised me is that they did the same for me. That’s when I knew the relationship were genuine. When impacts were being made on both sides. One of the most important things I have learned from my mentorship relationships is, in order to make a true impact, you have to be willing to get close enough to get hurt.3 Questions to ask yourself when you are looking to build a mentor relationship w/@tiffaniandco Click To Tweet
I have mentors in multiple areas of my life.
3 questions I consider when I look to build a mentor relationship
How transparent are they?
I am a VERY transparent person, so it is important to me that my mentor is the same.
How well do we connect?
What type of fruit are they bearing?
Matthew 7:15-20 talks about knowing a tree by the fruit that it bears. It needs to be evident that you are bearing good fruit in the area that I desire mentoring.
Breakfast With Tiffani is a Christian Lifestyle Blog, created to exemplify and encourage an abundant and enjoyable life completely devoted to Christ. It is my desire to show believers and non-believers that Christianity is not boring. It can be trying at times, just like life period. But, it can most definitely be enjoyable as well.Christianity is misunderstood to be restrictive and boring w/@tiffaniandco Click To Tweet
Sometimes, Christianity can be misunderstood as restrictive and boring. It’s sometimes believed that, in order to be a Christian, your life of fun, has to come to a halt as soon as you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
That couldn’t be furthest from the truth.
I have been living a devoted life to Christ for about 10 years now, and although there have been some trying times, it definitely wouldn’t qualify as boring or restrictive that’s for certain. John 10:10 states that Christ came so that we, His people, may have abundant life. 1 Corinthians 2:9 declares, eyes have not seen, nor have ears heard, all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him. Does either one of those verses sound remotely restrictive or boring?
To connect with Tiffani you can find her here:
I love to spotlight and feature real women with real struggles. Women who are being open and transparent about their struggles, how they are not letting those things define them. Instead they are defining their own “good”. To see more about why transparency is so important please Click here.
Interested in submitting your reflection?
Latest posts by Kenya Rae (see all)
- It’s All In The Details: Simple Ways To Make a House a Home - April 21, 2017
- What Happened When A Friendly Bet Turned Into Life Lessons - April 19, 2017
- These 5 Things Can Be Ruining Your Marriage - April 17, 2017