Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. — Titus 2:3-5
On the surface, this Scripture selection can seem a bit, well, old-fashioned, but based upon what we know about Paul, what his goals were (to spread the Gospel) and customs of the time, we can apply this model today and appreciate its wisdom.
Learning from the Past
As I studied these Scriptures I thought of the mentors I’ve been blessed with over the years—precious women who have shared their wisdom and knowledge with me and fed into my life with their own faith and experiences. I treasure those times sitting with our Bibles open and cups of coffee as we shared from our hearts and studied God’s Word.
Lending into the Present
As I learned from my mentors, I’ve been able to apply these lessons to my own growth and faith journey and apply the wisdom and knowledge they shared to my own life. Then as I’ve grown in age and faith, God has used me to do the same in the lives of other women and especially my own daughters. What a blessing and reward to see a younger woman bloom and grow in her faith because God used us in such a crucial way to help another grow closer to Him.
Launching into the Future
Even though my daughters are grown, I still play the role of mentor in their lives. And in this model they too will play the role of mentors to other women as they grow in their own faith and to their own daughters down the road. This is a precious legacy we carry from those who came before us to model in our own lives and to share with those to come after us.
Think about those who have mentored you and write three of their names in the spaces on the left. Then think and pray about three other women (include your daughters!) you can mentor and write their names in the spaces on the right.