Last night at my church I was hanging out with the kids of my classmates while all the parents were talking. Some of the kids are frightened of me, others seem to adore me, one in particular. I taught her in Sunday school several years back and this past year or two she seems to have taken quite a shine to me. She’s intelligent, talented, enthusiastic, opinionated, helpful, and motivated. She loves to get involved with things and, as much as she likes to feign stage fright, she loves opportunities to take part in service by reading Scriptures, singing songs, doing dances and skits, you name it. She’s game for just about anything.
Well, last night she asked for my help preparing and practicing a song to do during an upcoming service as a special. She even suggested we “set up a lunch or something” to get together so I could teach her things. (Imagine a 9-year-old asking to set up a lunch with me! Adorable!) I couldn’t help but agree, providing of course that she mind her parents, do her chores, and keep up with her school work.
But it struck me later on that one way or another, I had kind of become her mentor. She frequently seeks me out for help or information, which I am perfectly pleased to offer. I’m actually pretty flattered that she looks up to me, especially since her parents have been mentors of mine over the past few years. This girl is a perfect example of how kids resemble sponges in function. She soaks up all she can. And now I’m in a position of influence in her life, just by being a part of it.
I want to encourage you today to think about those in your life who have mentored you, and those to whom you act as a mentor. Maybe it’s an informal mentorship, or a less-than-obvious influence. But be assured that you’re impacting someone’s life for good or ill. Almost definitely it’s a mixture of both, good to some, bad to others, or both to the same person. Think about the role you play in the lives of others and make a conscious (and prayerful) effort to be who you ought to be, for their sakes as well as your own. Never take lightly the impact you have on someone else, and always remember that “there are little eyes upon you”.