This week when our discipleship group had finished meeting, one of the young women (who I've met with as a mentor for the past 4 years) approached me (Abby) after the others had left and said, "Thank you for this. I know you've been a mentor to me for awhile, but thank you for this friendship that this relationship is becoming."
This felt significant to me because so often we can believe that a mentor role in the church is to "oversee", offer advice, or provide accountability, but kind of keep our distance personally. Almost an "I know your problems but you shouldn't know mine" relationship.
Mentors and disciple makers are crucial to our walks with Jesus (especially when we're starting), but I think if we're doing it like Jesus would, then the people we're discipling will grow just as much from seeing our vulnerability and depth displayed and shared well, as well as our insight and wisdom learned. This is the approach that I've been taking in our discipleship group and I'm already seeing the impact. As a result of trust offered and built, we eventually step into community and friendship with the ones we're mentoring. I'm so thankful for the time I've had with these ladies so far and for what else will come from our time together!