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A thought provoking evening

July 26, 2005

Today I went shopping in Bendigo, bought some new clothes and a new book that I can’t wait to read. It is called, “Things Unseen : living in the light of forever” by Mark Buchanan. I have read several others of his and really enjoyed them.

Then tonight I went to a Bible study group which I recently started attending. We are looking at 1 John and tonight we looked at chapter 2. John mentions three groups of people: children probably 0-12 years, young men (and women) probably 13-30 years and fathers (and mothers) over 30. The discussion centred around the need in our churches for each group to be acknowledged (rather than ignored); how each of these groups have something unique to offer and how they should support and encourage each other. We talked a bit about older people mentoring younger people. As we were leaving the leader told us not to let it just be a good idea but to take action in line with what God was saying. It was a thought provoking evening.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

10 thoughts on “A thought provoking evening”

  1. Mentoring can be challenging but I think it is amazingly impacting. It means someone older and wiser is taking an interest in you and your growth. I think being mentored can make a huge difference in someones life. In the mentor’s too. I recommend you do do something about it. You seem to have a lot of wisdom and life to share.

  2. Mentoring can be challenging but I think it is amazingly impacting. It means someone older and wiser is taking an interest in you and your growth. I think being mentored can make a huge difference in someones life. In the mentor’s too. I recommend you do do something about it. You seem to have a lot of wisdom and life to share.

  3. What do I reckon will happen? Hard to say. There is some loosely structed mentoring going on, but how does one start? I would be happy to mentor someone but don’t feel I could rock up to someone and say, “How would you like me to be your mentor?”

  4. What do I reckon will happen? Hard to say. There is some loosely structed mentoring going on, but how does one start? I would be happy to mentor someone but don’t feel I could rock up to someone and say, “How would you like me to be your mentor?”

  5. Interesting. I kinda understand that you feel you can’t just rock up to someone and ask. Yet that’s what it comes to. However, in my experience there is somewhat a relationship there first. I wouldn’t just ask someone I don’t have anything to do with. Perhaps you could, after praying about who, find a way to interact with them. Invite them to do something with you. Even just start chatting with them occasionally and build it up. Mentoring is one of those things that takes time. It’s all about taking an interest in someones life and sharing your life–hiccups and all–and wisdom with them. Start with prayer. God will guide you.

  6. Interesting. I kinda understand that you feel you can’t just rock up to someone and ask. Yet that’s what it comes to. However, in my experience there is somewhat a relationship there first. I wouldn’t just ask someone I don’t have anything to do with. Perhaps you could, after praying about who, find a way to interact with them. Invite them to do something with you. Even just start chatting with them occasionally and build it up. Mentoring is one of those things that takes time. It’s all about taking an interest in someones life and sharing your life–hiccups and all–and wisdom with them. Start with prayer. God will guide you.

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