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Finding the right Spiritual Mentor

Updated on December 11, 2016
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I'm an inspirational writer working in interior design, planning commercial offices where I found my niche, but with a passion for writing.

Finding a Mentor in life is important. Finding a Spiritual Mentor will require some discernment.

Every morning start your day by spending regular time with God. In prayer over meditation, ask for wisdom, ask for guidance.

During the trials of life, an experienced mentor can guide you. They listen. They offer advice.

God wants the best for your life. Listen to His faithfulness.

A spiritual mentor is someone who has wisdom beyond their years. A person who is seasoned in faith with a walk of integrity. An older adult or maybe the elder of the family, may be that spiritual mentor.

The Bible conveys to us that Timothy was Paul’s protégé, a young man mentored by a man seasoned in faith. Timothy was taught by Paul to lead a life that pursues righteousness, godliness, faith, love, and the gentleness that is fitting for a man of God.

Mentoring is nothing new, it is expected of us. The Great Commission Matt. 28:16-20 calls us to be spiritual leaders.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matt. 28:19-20

This is not a suggestion, it is a command.

The Best Mentor

Real mentoring begins with a deep faith.

It knows no bounds, it casts down evil, hatred, and untruths. A spiritual mentor is not afraid of the truth.

They know the fruits that it produces, they walk in faith.

This mentor is the most important of all mentors because their leading, their direction, their truths may lead you towards eternity.

Beware of False Teachers.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." -Matthew 7:15-20

Every day in life we experience situations that will require discernment. We are naïve to think we know everything. Trust your instincts. Open your heart to let someone else teach you and show respect to this person.

The best mentor you could ever choose is Jesus Christ. His instruction is found in truth. A truth that will set you free.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. - Romans 12:2

Never Let Go

The Importance of Mentoring

The role of a mentor provides instruction and shares knowledge with others. Believing and hoping in another individual will produce great blessings in each life. Be a role model, be a friend, be a mentor. A mentor and their protégé will find lessons to learn in the process.

If you sense failure, you may tend to give up, but don’t. It just may be the person you are trying to mentor is not the right fit. There are others to mentor, so don’t give up on your mentoring ability.

Positive influences in this life are necessary. People who have wisdom to share can be a mentor to another.

Start a mentoring program of your own.

On a personal statement, I have been inspired by this Hub Community. Many of the individuals who have encouraged me to keep writing and have shared their knowledge here on Hub-pages, I consider to be some great mentors.

Hub Mentors are recognized. In the true spirit of mentoring, I'd like to honor them here.

" We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."—Maya Angelou

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    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR

      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Fluffy. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Spiritual mentors make all the difference. I'm glad you had a spiritual mentor in your life.

      Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Fluffy77 

      7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Great advise, and useful hub. I have been blessed with so many of these people in my life I could never fairly choose just one. So, I choose one who is already gone that while living did give me much guidance, love, and patience everyday. Plus, respecting my spirituality over my religion that goes a long way with me.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR

      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Christine. I appreciate you sharing your comments here. I'm glad you have a mentor to help you in your daily walk.

      I find too if I have something to celebrate in my life, or when I'm struggling with something, my spiritual mentor is one of the first people I call.

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      Christine P Ann 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Beautiful hub Faithdream, having a spiritual mentor helps all of us stay on our true path. I talk with my mentor every day, asking for guidance and giving thanks for everything in my life.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR

      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you for your comments.

      win her back, thanks for the compliment.

      Fossillady, good to see you again, thank you very much.

      Spiritual mentors are important in life, glad you liked the article.

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      Kathi 

      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Good advise Faithdream!

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      win her back 

      7 years ago

      Great hub above. find a a good mentor to guide you in your life problem..

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR

      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you for your comments.

      FriendofTruth, you are wise. I totally agree.

      Ruchira, thank you, we do need mentoring at different stages of our spiritual journey. Each one is essential.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • Ruchira profile image

      Ruchira 

      7 years ago from United States

      We all need mentoring at different stages of life and to get a mentor for our spiritual awakening is so essential and important. Thus, making it necessary to find the right one!

      liked the topic of the hub and its content...Jai Ho!!

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      FriendofTruth 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I agree that Jesus is the best mentor we could ever have in our own lives. He is also the example for us to follow as mentors and may we all try to be more like Him.

      Thanks for your article!

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR

      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Roger for the compliment. I agree, mentoring is lost in many areas today and it's so needed, especially in the area of spiritual mentors. Maybe people feel they are unqualified? I don't know but it would be great if more people stepped up to the plate.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      roger wright 

      7 years ago from charlotte, N.C.

      FaithDream,

      Again you hit it out of the park. Mentorship is lost today among the masses, especially in the youth. Fewer people today seek out wise counsel than I have ever seen.

      But what you said will help many to see the need and the relevance of it. Very well written.

      Roger

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR

      FaithDream 

      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks for your comments.

      Dogs 101, I like that.. thanks for barking.

      Revmjm, thank you for your inspiration. Have you seen the hub, Hub Mentors Recognized? https://hubpages.com/literature/Hub-Mentors-Recogn

      I am inspired by your hubs.. Keep up the great work you are doing here.

      We need spiritual mentors on the hub. :)

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I found your hub extremely inspiring. I have had spiritual mentors along the way, and now I am a spiritual mentor to so many people...male, female; young and old. Being a spiritual mentor is not all give. Many times I take just as much from the experience as I give.

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      DOGS 101 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is a very interesting hub. I'm giving you a "bow-wow" for writing it.

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