My husband and I are currently faced with a difficult decision. We’re in a unique situation and it’s reminding me that the call of obedience to God is often challenging. I get so wrapped up in my own emotions that I struggle in the decision making process. Dave is the opposite. Making logical and educated decisions is a strength of his.
Together we make a well balanced team but, before making any decisions about this specific situation, we decided it was best to reach out and talk to people we trust. People who love God, who know us and the desire we have to positively impact the world around us, and who have experienced similar circumstances. It is through the advice of these friends that I can clearly hear the voice of Jesus cutting through my anxious thoughts.
I share this with you to demonstrate how important it is to have trusted, experienced, godly people surrounding our lives because, as Christ followers, mentorship is a responsibility we each have. We need to be discipled by seasoned Christians ahead of us while also discipling younger Christians behind us. To receive guidance from people who have already walked through our current stages of life while being a leader to those approaching our past stages of life.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderous or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can encourage the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. – Titus 2:3-5
Imagine this. We are all standing on a ladder working our way to the top. We start at the bottom and look up. We watch and mimic those ahead of us until we get comfortable. Then we begin to slowly ascend the ladder. As we become confident we look below and start encouraging those behind us to keep moving forward. To not give up. This is how our Christian walk should look. Learning from the experiences of those ahead of us while pouring into those behind us.
In my life I have several Titus 2 mentors. They are women who have been where I am. They urge me to love my husband and children. They encourage me to be the best version of myself, to take care of my own body, to cherish being a homemaker, and to act in kindness. And, in response to their example, I then have the responsibility to act as a mentor myself. To guide and encourage friends who are younger. To act graciously. To abstain from gossip. To model goodness.
So tell me, dear sister, where are you on the ladder? Are you approaching the top or just beginning your climb? Are you in the middle reaching up while encouraging those below? Or are you holding on for dear life just trying to make it through today? We all need each other. Let’s link arms and tackle this journey together!
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