Those who know me, know I am passionate about mentoring and cross-generational relationships.
And not just because I feel called to foster younger women’s leadership and strengthen their faith, but because there are mutual benefits and such beauty in friendships that span across the generations. The younger women benefit as they access the wisdom and experiences of someone who has walked before them. And as the younger women share their experiences, perspectives, ideas, hopes, and dreams they challenge the mentor to consider the world through the eyes of a younger generation, with its new and diverse perspectives.
And when the younger women inquire about varied topics ranging from a theological question to how I would counsel someone through a conflict to how I responded to my children’s disobedience or temper tantrums I am challenged to deeper thought about how and why I acted in particular ways or believe something to be true and right.
When I don’t immediately know the answer to something, which is actually quite often, I simply delight in the opportunity to wrestle with it or do the research to discover an answer. Rather than be intimidated and question whether I am qualified to mentor, I treasure the opportunity to be in relationships where we can each be challenged to consider things from different perspectives and to learn from one another.
Whenever someone shares how blessed they feel by our mentoring relationship and the times we spend together, I am always deeply touched. But I am always a bit surprised too. Because to tell you the truth – I always feel so richly blessed by our relationships that I feel like the fortunate one.
I recently had an article published by The Young Wives Club focusing on the beauty of these cross-generational relationships. The post, An Invitation to the Beauty of Cross-Generational Relationships focuses on how women from Scripture, women like Mary and Elizabeth and Naomi and Ruth, exemplify these cross-generational relationships for us. They show us the rich potential of these mentoring type relationships where there can be mutual support and benefits.
I encourage you to bravely take that first step into a mentoring, cross-generational relationship. They are so worth it. For within them, there is possibility for both to reap rich harvests of growth and learning and transformation.
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