All my life I’ve been passionate about people. I think relationships are so important and that developing people is the most fun. I like to look deeply and notice what makes someone unique. I enjoy sensing something special about them and calling it into the light. If I could just walk with someone for awhile, I’d be blessed and we’d be encouraged. This is the form of mentoring I most prefer – a walking together while we share.
I myself have been transformed by the influence of many mentors. It wasn’t until I began to walk with a tender, compassionate, empowering mentor (I’m talking about Jesus!) that I began to become who I was really meant to be – ME!
I have found that mentoring is similar to mothering – another personal passion of mine. When I mentor, I really care about the other person and I want them to outrun, outpace and outlast the limits of what they’ve known or thought. (Can you tell I am a Survivor fan?)
It’s more than coaching. I think of coaching as developing a talent or skill set. It’s very needed, but it’s only one shade of mentoring. It’s more than giving counsel. Counsel and wisdom are so needed, but they are another facet of mentoring. I find that when I can combine coach, counsel and prophetic revelation, I am most effective as a mentor.
Prophetic revelation reveals the secret treasure inside a person that is often overlooked or even despised. When I’m mentoring I’m speaking to your core identity and moving you along in your understanding of how much you are loved, how well you are equipped and how important it is that you embrace and value your own personal purpose from God.