Celebration, A Gift of Mentoring Aug7


Celebration, a Gift of Mentoring

I'm convinced a big part of why mentoring can be so life transformational is because it leaves no place for comparison.  With our peers, comparison is unavoidable.  We see the people around us, in our same stage of life, and instinctively notice what they have that we don't, what they do that we don't, and who they are that we aren't.  It takes great maturity to see beyond these things - especially when we've been praying for something specific that a peer happens to already have - a husband, a close friend, a mentor, a leadership position, a church home, a ministry....or maybe just kids that behave!  And that doesn't even hit on the material things we desire.  Allowing comparison into our lives and into the forefront of our minds steals our ability to be joyful.  It destroys friendships.  It cripples our ability to truly celebrate one another as peers.

But then there's mentoring.  Mentoring is a relationship built between women who are in different stages of life.  It's a younger women learning from an older woman.  An older woman pouring into a younger woman.  And because of this, instead of comparison crippling our ability to celebrate, comparison itself is crippled.

In Luke, right after the angel tells Mary she is going to be the mother of Jesus, she runs straight to Elizabeth's house - her older cousin who becomes a mentor to her during this season of Mary's life.  When Mary arrives to share her news with Elizabeth, look how Elizabeth responds....

"In a loud voice [Elizabeth] exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:42-44

Do you see the excitement in Elizabeth's response?  How well she celebrated Mary?

Elizabeth's voice got loud (anyone else get loud when they get excited?  I certainly do!!)
She exclaimed... defined as "crying out".... and probably with tears in her eyes....
She spoke blessings over Mary and over the child
She was honored...thus showing Mary respect
She confirmed... the baby inside of her leaped for joy
And she celebrated...Mary shared her news with confidence, not doubting or questioning.  And Elizabeth praised her for believing.

Elizabeth was not intimidated or jealous at her younger cousin's great news.  There was no comparison, only celebration.

Oh the power in a mentor celebrating a mentee well, right where she is, right when she needs it.  It can change the trajectory of a woman's life - catapulting her forward, giving her confidence in the journey ahead.

Comparison steals.  Being celebrated is a gift.  

How have you experienced the gift of celebration as a mentor or a mentee?
How can you better celebrate the people in your life?


For His glory and the next generation,

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Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com

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