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Rather Than Cloning

Optimist Mentoring ProgramTo mentor someone is to advise or train them, especially a younger colleague. A mentor may also be a guide, confidant, counselor, consultant or even a therapist. Basically a mentor is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person who helps and guides a less experienced and less learned person. It is relationship based. The word "mentor" was probably inspired by the character of Mentor in Homer's Odyssey, which was a two part ancient Greek epic poem attributed to the poet Homer. Though the actual mentor in the story is an old man who guide a young Telemachus in his time of difficulty. In the Gospels.

Masterful Mentoring

Jesus is pictured as the masterful mentor as he moves amongst people almost without them knowing it. Rather than cloning disciples, he encourages them to think for themselves. Without realizing it, they invariably embrace his ethical code and example. Jesus the mentor gives us an example in his own life of what we should do, not just what we should say! This is clearly seen in Jesus own mentorship by the Father. The Apostle John writes in John 5.19-20, "Jesus gave them this answer: 'Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.'"

Act Like the Rest

Dog asleepA University professor was confronted one day by a motley-looking hound which had ambled into his lecture hall barking aggressively at the rostrum. After vainly trying to shout over the racket, the professor gave up and turning to the dog exclaimed, "If you're going to stay, you'll have to behave yourself and act like the rest of the students." To the class's delight, the dog curled up on the floor and was soon peacefully asleep!

"Mentor Jesus"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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