Here’s how it works for me… When a woman asks me to mentor her, my initial response is YES! I’d mentor everyone if I could. However, if I chose to do that, my family would suffer. I am sure of it. My love for writing and mentoring is the reason I began this blog. I can get a message across to a larger group at one time. So instead of agreeing to mentor each woman who asks, I pray. Clever, I know. And original. Some women I mentor through this blog. Others I mentor via emails and phone calls. My goal is to have a face-to-face with each of them once a month. Schedules conflict and that’s not always possible. But in some form or fashion, I get a message across. And I hope they are listening. The life group that Chris and I lead is filled with couples who’ve been married anywhere from one year to nearly three years. We are mentoring them, in a sense, even though we discuss various issues that don’t always pertain to marriage. I rarely have one-on-one meetings with the women by themselves since we meet twice a month as a group. But they know that I am only a phone call, email or text away when they need me. And these women have quite a hold of my heart. When I meet with a woman for the first time I ask one question: (1) What is it that you want to get from this relationship? This helps me to find out what it is they think I can offer them. And it’s at this point in the meeting that I tell them what I can realistically offer them. I let them know that I will give them my advice and counsel based upon what God’s Word says. I tell them that I will also be able to give them practical advice that I have learned by living on this earth. And I let them know that I expect them to contact me when they need me. I tell them that I can’t read minds 🙂 You may not be passionate about mentoring. That’s totally okay. There are things that you are passionate about that I am not. As I mentioned on Monday, we’re all wired differently. But, I will say that while we may not all be gifted as evangelists, we, as Christ followers, are all called to share Jesus with the world (1 Peter 3:15). I see mentoring the same way. I think it would be awesome if we could all pour into one person. Just one. You don’t have to mentor the city. Just one. Something to think about. I know you have something to offer someone else. I believe in you.