He was a man of such high rank and to be honest, I was very anxious about meeting him. He was not only the president of the institution, but was also a full professor in his area of study. What would I say? How was I to address him? Would he even have the time for little me? Some of the questions that flooded my mind.

I arrived at his office at just about the meeting time. My hands were sweaty, my heart rate was beating much faster; clear indications of anxiety. I was ushered into his office and he stood up to extend a firm handshake and warm smile that reached his eyes.

I relaxed and breathed much easier.

My first impression of him was a far cry from what I had imagined him to be. Here was a soft-spoken, composed, and down-to-earth gentleman. Unlike other highly educated and esteemed men, he conducted his business with a quiet calm spirit. He not only exuded peace, but he infused it to me. As I spoke, he gave eye contact  and showed keen and enthusiastic interest in what I had to say. In his active listening, he made me feel that everything I said was important.

He not only took his time to personally walk me through the institution but introduced insignificant me to all significant persons at the institution. No, he didn’t do it in a rush as if to communicate I was wasting his time. Rather, he was very conscious and present throughout my engagement with him.

I mean what CEO has time for the incognito in their lives?

Here was a man I could emulate. Here was a man I could follow. Here was my mentor.

In the exciting and sometimes challenging journey of adolescence and youthfulness, having a mentor can be a guiding light. Here is the link to why you need a mentor. Choosing a mentor wisely is crucial for spiritual growth and personal development. Here are five essential qualities to look for when seeking a Christian mentor:

  • Conversion: Seek a mentor who has a genuine and evident relationship with Christ. A mentor’s personal testimony of faith and the transformative power of Christ’s love can inspire and guide you on your own spiritual journey. Look for someone whose life reflects the values and teachings of Christianity.
  • Competence: A mentor should possess a level of competence in the areas you aspire to grow. Whether it’s academic, professional, or spiritual guidance, a competent mentor can provide valuable insights and wisdom. Their experiences and expertise should align with your goals, helping you navigate challenges and make informed decisions.
  • Commitment: A committed mentor is one who invests time, effort, and genuine care into your well-being. Look for someone who is willing to walk alongside you, offering support and encouragement through the highs and lows of life. A committed mentor is not just a casual advisor but a dedicated guide who is genuinely interested in your growth.
  • Contentment: Seek a mentor who demonstrates contentment in their faith and life. Contentment doesn’t mean they have everything figured out, but it does imply a sense of peace and trust in God’s plan. A mentor who embodies contentment can teach you to find joy in your journey, fostering gratitude and resilience in the face of challenges.
  • Consistent: Consistency is key in mentorship. Look for someone who consistently lives out their Christian values and is reliable in their guidance. A consistent mentor provides stability and reliability, helping you build trust in the mentor-mentee relationship. This stability is crucial for fostering a healthy and productive mentoring dynamic.

Remember, finding the right mentor is a prayerful process. Seek guidance from God, and trust that He will lead you to the mentor who aligns with your values and needs. A wise and caring mentor can be a source of strength, encouragement, and inspiration as you navigate the exciting and sometimes challenging path of teenagehood and youthfulness.

For at the end of the day I would want to be known as a converted, competent, committed, content and consistent person.

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