Today is my husband’s birthday. I wanted to do something special for him. So I am going to an “older woman’s” home and she is going to teach me how to make Stromboli. As I continue my series on “Women Mentoring Women” I am thinking about this older woman’s life whose name is Peggy in light of Titus 2:3-4:
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children…(ESV)
When seeking the Lord about the establishment of a mentoring relationship these are the qualities the older woman should have:
–Reverent in behavior
Does she honor God in her daily actions at home, work and the church? Does she give God first place in her life?
–Not a slanderer
Is she quick to engage in gossip and speak negatively of others? Or does she speak with wisdom and kindness?
–Not addicted to much wine
Any addiction whether food, drink or Facebook gives a picture of imbalance. Susan Hunt writes in regards to this quality:
We must be free from habitual, compulsive behavior in order to live disciplined lives for God’s glory.
–Teach what is good
Good means beautiful, commendable and excellent. This good is found in God’s word. Does she lead others to God’s word for the issues they are facing?
Teach and train are two words that women easily get hung up on when qualifying themselves for mentoring. They think they must have the gift of teaching but that is not the case with the meaning of the word. Susan Hunt shares that it actually means to cultivate sound judgment and prudence.
Peggy exemplifies all these qualities. Some may think teaching me to make Stromboli is not mentoring but I disagree. We may or may not talk about spiritual things today and that is okay. She is building into my life in a practical way and I am able to show my love to my husband by learning to prepare a favorite dish of his.
Is there a godly woman you have wanted to teach you a certain skill? Or is there someone who has mentioned to you they would like to learn something from you? Get out of your comfort zone and set the date. There can be much wisdom shared even over a pan of Stromboli.
What is one of the fun things you and a mentor have done together?