We love to mentor, we love to pour our lives into others! This all sounds so great and noble. But I am afraid that this is really just a smokescreen for our egocentric world view. We are so wise and are so gifted and have so much to offer students, the church, and really the world.
If you think this is too bold, let me ask you a simple question. Who is mentoring you? Not what books do you read, or what podcasts do you listen to, but what human being do you actually submit to and learn from? Although you are probably the exception, in my experience, most youth workers I know see little to no need for their own mentorship. They are the masters of their own universe!
I would simply like to encourage you, and if not you, encourage those in your world to submit to another human, to be a learner from another human who you can walk life with, learn from, and grow in character, faithfulness, and in ministry. We preach this all day long to our students, but when we don't model it in our own lives, then we are actually teaching a very different thing.
Instead of teaching our students that we should be the rabbi, the guru, the oracle of their life and faith, maybe we should model that all of us are life long learners and always pouring our lives into others, as we welcome the refining of those further down the road from us, as we are all in progress toward a life in Christ.
So, I will ask you again, "Who is your mentor?"