At times it is not an easy thing to be a mentor. You really must have patience. It also helps to remember that at some point we were all green. In this case, Green is the awkward place of having growth, but not ripe enough to be palatable. It’s an awkward place because they want to use the little that they have to be noticed, but it’s not quite enough know how to get desired results. But there are Greens out there that try it anyway with an ending result of a big mess. It’s not easy being green. Greens can be anxious, arrogant, and rebellious. Don’t get me wrong, all Greens are not alike. I’m referring to those who think when they have learned something that they perceive as ‘deep’; there is no further need for a mentor. They have an air of disrespect that is simply irritating enough to make you want to smack them like the BrylCreem commercial…”Thanks, I needed that!”
Watching this type of behavior is rather sad because at this point they are not listening. They know more than you do; ‘you’re the one that doesn’t get it; this is 2016, and you need to get with it, it doesn’t take all that’. That right there is fightin’ words, yawl! Nevertheless, because of the Love of Jesus in your heart, the prayer of intercession arises, so that this phase they are having of ‘done lost my mind up in here’ will soon pass from the Green Bandit.
It is because God has called you to this tremendous task of training His beloved vessel, it is a truth that He will complete that which He has begun. Keep this in mind, THAT USED TO BE ME. So, as the understanding and wise mentor that you are, keep love and hope alive. God has graced you to be a wonderful mentor, giving you some hard cases, but you can accomplish anything that He gives you to accomplish. There is always somebody for the mentor to confer with when things get really rough. Oh yeah, some other mentor can give you pointers and wise counsel on how to transition through this stage of your Green out of control lifeform. I’m telling you, Love and Patience is your best friend in this stage of growth.
If you have a revelation about dealing with Greens, please let the rest of us know, so that we can strengthen and encourage one another. Thank you!
Dear Mentee, We see that you are having a little difficulty getting your mind in line with the Word. Consider this; Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7.
Founder of Down to Earth Writing. She ministers with her husband, Pastor Darryl Blackwell in Wilmington, NC.