Passing on your knowledge as a mentor is the most important job we have!

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Do you have a mentor? Are you lucky enough to have someone who listens, who understands how you think and feel, and gently provides sound, objective advice, usually at the right time?

I hope you do. If not, I am hoping you will take the time to find such a relationship because everyone needs a mentor. Mentoring works to educate and build confidence, self esteem, goals and direction.

I also hope you work hard to be a mentor to someone else. Once you do, you realize it is not always easy of course. Simply because once you realize the positive elements of mentoring with others, you will realize it is as much a source of joy as it is a responsibility.

The most satisfying relationships usually are ones where we encourage each other and give each other feedback and positive reinforcement. But we need to realize we are mentoring others in more subtle ways.

I say that because mentoring is not always with just one person, or even always in a well defined relationship. Mentoring happens every day, in every interaction we have. Mentoring happens with family, with friends, but also with the people we meet every day, even if only briefly.

That means we influence and mentor beyond our immediate families. Even when we don't know it. Even if we don't intend to be mentors. But we should realize that we do effect other people daily, at work, at play, with our friends and yes, even people who are not our friends or we may think do not like us.

So we have the opportunity to reach beyond our families and take be a positive influence to those outside our immediate families, and to be a positive impact on the people we meet in every day life.

I am thankful for mentors in my life.

For example, I have one business coach who spends time meeting with me for coffee at 7:00 AM during the week even though he is retired and does not get paid to meet with me. He will meet with me as often as I like. He brings related articles that will help me and or he analyzes what I am doing and provides feedback. Sometimes he will just listen if that is what I need that day. Then he provides feedback and direction the next week.

Why would someone do that? Spend their time with someone that is not related to them, and does not pay them? For the same reason I will provide any of my books or support to churches or schools if they cannot afford them. I am thankful for what I have and I want to give back.

Of course there are other types of mentors. I will still start by mentioning my wonderful parents. My parents are great mentors. Not only for what they teach, but by what they do. By the examples they give. Of course they were never perfect either, but they continually learn about life as they go and try to be better. They constantly change their own lives to be a good example for me.

I have many examples of ways they mentor me, but my most favorite example is this.

This past year they met a young couple through their church who had 5 children, 2 of them twins and 4 of whom had disabilities. The couple was overwhelmed and needed help. My parents helped them out, financially and physically. My parents own a real estate office in Iowa.

My parents:

- Helped the couple find a new home.
- Spent their weekend helping the couple clean their old home after it was sold. From what I understand, the person my parents had paid to help clean was overwhelmed and left. Much of this work was on your hands and knees work, cleaning floors, refrigerators, stoves, etc. My parents worked on it the entire weekend.
- Gave their real estate commission for selling the home to the couple so they could use it for the downpayment on a bigger home.
- Paid for many expenses related to the move.
- Were able to convince the local Knights of Columbus to come help the family move so they did not have to pay for movers to come move them.
- Helped the couple pack and unload on the day of the move

By the way, my Dad is 73, my Mom is 70.

In review, they made no money in the transaction, in fact gave back thousands of dollars in their commissions to the couple and even paid for many of their expenses related to getting the new home and moving into it.

They did not look for recognition for doing this either. They simply wanted to help someone in need.

To me this means deeds speak louder than words, another lesson to be learned. You can do noble things, keep it to yourself, and it's just as noble. Or even more so.

Another of my mentors is a friend who has simply always been there for me, in good times and in bad. Although we do not always look at things the same way, he is always there to encourage me with advice.

It's great that he is a fix it man too. Because he is there to help me fix a car. Or help me move. You name it, he can do it and is willing to help. Without ever expecting anything in return.

That's a friend and a mentor.

Another mentor helped fill in when I my dad had 3 jobs. My father always had 3 jobs while I was growing up, and did not have time to teach me how to play football, basketball or baseball. Of course he taught me other important things when we worked on the family farm or other businesses while I grew up. He is my best friend and we became best friends working. While we worked he taight me important things, like how to work hard and be a good father and to be honest in all things.

The point is, my father was a tremendous mentor in many ways. But I never had help with sports until I was in my 30's! Since then, I have been lucky enough to have additional mentors to fill in where my father was not able to be there.

For example, the gentleman who taught my real estate class way back in 1981 became a mentor. This mentor
is a professional golfer who befriended me and then taught me how to play golf as he would any young person - with patient encouragement. My new friend and mentor made me feel like teaching me to play golf was the most important thing he could do at that time in his life. He made me feel important, special and even capable. Yes, even though I was just getting started playing golf at 33 years of age.

I guess I am lucky to see what it feels great to have a mentor, at any age!

Even 10 years later at age 41, I met another person who became a mentor. He is a retired attorney. He lived in the same neighborhood as my wife and daughter and made himself available for friendly business advice and friendship.

He also passed on to me the things that his father taught him. Like you never do things that can be construed as illegal or morally wrong, because it can be used against you in the future. But more importantly, he says, you do the right thing because you don't want to lose your integrity, a much more important concept.
Whether you are caught or not is not the only concern.

Of course mentors can also be religious men or women. Even though I do not personally know my pastor, he is also a mentor, even when I am simply listening to a cassette tape from him in my car. I learn concepts like why it is important to be kind. To be patient. To love others and forgive. To always strive to be the best at whatever I do. To show up first for work and to be the last to leave, among other things.

But it is all summed up by his banner at the church "Honor God, Help People." Sounds so simple yet it is so powerful.

It's even powerful if I hear it while listening to a cassette tape I have in my car. That shows you can be a mentor and influence people if you don't meet them or even know them personally.

I also have another mentor who always encourages not to listen only to any one man, but to listen to many, to continually read and educate myself, then make up my own mind. To continue reading and learning about God. In fact, after hanging with Dick now whenever I read anything, I ask myself:

1. Who is saying it?
2. Who are they saying it to?
3. What did they really mean by it?
4. What would Jesus say or do about it?

Then I have another mentor who simply mentors me by simply being consistent. I know I can ask Ray anything I need to know, and he'll be the same person from one day to the next. Calm, cool, collected, ready with a kind word and advice (or a silly joke to lighten things up). Ray is also the person who volunteers to help for the causes he believes in at church, and puts his time where his mouth is. Abundantly.

You see just how lucky I have been to have so many mentors. I also hope you can also see that others can mentor to us in many ways. You see that we can learn from others at any time in any place. We just have to surround ourselves with the right people.

But there is better news. Better than having someone mentor to us, it can be you and me who takes the time to be a mentor someone else. To share, to educate, and to make someone else feel special.

So, would you like to mentor to others? Good. Just do it! Just do it each day, in a small way, and it will add up. One day you will look back and say, "Hey, it may have been small things, but I think I've made a difference!"

Or perhaps you feel differently. Perhaps you feel that you need a mentor first before you can be a mentor. Perhaps you need to see how it works first. Is that you?

At this point, you may ask, "Where do I find a mentor?". Well, there are two types of mentors, man and a higher power. I would suggest you start by looking to the higher power to bring a mentor into your life. This is important because you need the right mentor. A mentor who can help you with your plan in life, with your true interests at heart.

But what if you're not even sure if you feel like you have a plan for your life? Or that God has a plan for your life? Well, I believe he does. I believe God does have a plan for your life and I think deep down you believe it too.

You know that God has a plan for your life.

How do you achieve it? You start by taking the next step.

God took the first step for you. So your next steps are easy - accepting that God has a plan for your life and reading His word to learn more about that plan. He is your new mentor.

Is that good news, or what? Yes! Ha! It's great news.

But even when we know He has a plan, we don't always know immediately God's true desires and plans for our lives. So, we must start by patiently listening, letting Him become a mentor, to educate us and lead us to His goals and His joy for our lives. Then we we follow His plan and His rules.

Then we in turn become mentors and the cycle continues.

Here are the specific steps to do this, in my humble opinion.

1. Turn to Him in prayer.
2. Follow His guidance.
3. Obey His set rules.
4. Find a mentor.
5. Become a mentor.

Let's look at the big picture.

We must start by thinking of Jesus as our savior, and as a mentor. He is ready, willing and able! He is waiting for you, and may have even touched you in your life already. But have you listened? If so, have you followed his direction? What are you waiting for? Are you waiting for someone to lead you to Him?

If you are waiting for or depending on a human mentor here on earth, don't. Human mentors are not infallible, they can mislead you or let you down.

Nor should you put God aside, thinking you can enjoy the good times and come to God when you need Him. One day you may come upon difficult times. At that time, you will then realize that it was important to start building a strong mentoring relationship with God before the difficult times came.

And once you have the relationship, don't let it go! A strong relationship is not always enough if we don't keep in the word or pray. Even though we may know Him and know His plan, sometimes we still put Him aside MOMENTARILY because we do not want to hear or because we let other things distract us.

Remember, if we only want to listen to a mentor or hear God's word when we want to hear what He is saying, there can possibly be catastrophic results. Not because God wants it that way, but because we do things that lead us to dire results if we are not constantly in the word and listening.

Sadly, difficult times may not have even come upon us if we had been in a good mentoring relationship and if we were listening to the good mentoring relationship. I've done it, that's for sure. It's human nature.

So, let Him begin mentoring to you immediately, in good times and in bad times. Strive to listen to his guidance and then act on it. Turning to Him in humble prayer is the fastest way to find the right answers. Then as we follow his guidance and obey his rules, and we do find the right direction and answers, we find peace. We find joy. That in itself is a great success.

But more importantly, if you have made a commitment to Christ, and asked for forgiveness, you are now truly saved and have the promise of eternal life.

Yet there is another step to take. We in turn need to be mentors.

Yet we still need to do more. We find we need more of Jesus Christ's love in our own lives, and we need to share it with others. We need to share it with many simply in a loving way and in a mentoring capacity. I have experienced this, and it is MUCH, MUCH MORE REWARDING than material gratification.

Even though Christ was and is of course the ultimate mentor, everyone still needs additional mentors here on earth, so everyone has to act. We all need to be a mentor and to have mentors at work, at home and at play. Everyone needs encouragement and direction from others.

Even if the mentoring is as simple as hearing a success story or simple words of wisdom from someone we trust. Mentoring can be as simple as being a good example when nobody is supposedly watching, or many or it can be a long term relationship with one person.

Just know that all that you do can have a positive or negative impact on those who you love and even those who you do not know! So it is important to look at how you interact with other people, to remember others are watching you and how you live. You may be the only example of a Christian that person will see. You may miss an opportunity to witness to them when they are in need and ready for your help.

Interestingly, another benefit of being a mentor is that when you become a mentor, you not only help someone else, but you build your own knowledge and faith. It truly is one of the best sources of support to build character and success for both parties.

But what if you're worried about your past? Well, while learning these lessons, we make mistakes. I say it again. We all make mistakes and we all need to move forward, as best we can. What is important is that we seriously strive to do better. It takes time.

Start by asking for forgiveness each day. Feel the cleansing of the blood of Jesus Christ. If you have not done this, visit a local church, have a personal visit with a pastor or talk to someone you know is a Christian and find your savior and your new mentor.

My desire for you is that if you have tried the ways of the world (most of us have) and are ready for THE TRUTH, THE LIGHT AND THE WAY, please find it and begin to share it with others!

In closing: Remember that today is a new day.

That being done, just realize that today is a new day. Go forward and make it a better day for you and your loved ones. Offer help and encouragement to others and never be afraid to ask for help in your own weakness. Get support by being around others who have experienced similar trials and tribulations and have grown despite or because of their past and current weaknesses. Don't look back, look forward to the future and improving yourself!

If you don't understand or appreciate these concepts at this time, we understand. Please come back at another time. We will be here for you.

If you are a believer, please share this page with others and become a mentor to all!

Finally, let His will be done, not mine or yours, and remember, God is Good!

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You have my best and warmest wishes for success.

Here's to many years of successful and happy computing!

John E. Davin

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