Better TogetherMar 03, 2022
by Jeannine Mitchell
“Mom, Mom. Mom? Mom! Mommyyyyyyyyyy!” screamed my child until I came running over to her. Eagerly I asked, “What happened? What’s the matter, honey?” Now that my undivided attention was at her disposal, she said with a tender tone, "Look what I can do!" The words “watch, listen, and spend time with me, Mama” joyfully illuminated from her facial expressions as I shared in her experiences one on one.
Sometimes when I reminisce through childhood trauma, I’m left with bits and pieces of insecurity and worthlessness. I don’t want anyone to look at, listen to, or spend time with me. These little mementos say that I am not worth someone caring deeply about, nor do I have anything to offer in return. These lies isolated and kept me in a state of embarrassment until I experienced from a mentoring relationship that it’s actually honorable to invite someone in to walk alongside the mess. It’s okay that things aren’t okay. Having someone speak truth over my mind and heart while pointing me to Jesus was neither embarrassing nor isolating. It was actually life-giving to call out to someone who was willing to listen, see me, and invest their time.
If I waited until life was all tidied up to my perfected standards, I would have completely missed out on a great gift. Allowing myself to be vulnerable with a safe person cheering me through life’s ups and downs, praying together as we sought out Jesus for answers, restored areas of life in ways that I wasn’t able to experience in fear and isolation.
In 2 Kings, we see Elisha demonstrating perseverance and strength because he allowed Elijah to mentor him. In Deuteronomy, we learn how Moses mentored Joshua by supporting, encouraging, and teaching him so that he would one day lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Throughout Scripture we find numerous examples of genuine influence and transformation that happen through mentoring relationships. With childlike faith, let’s never again allow fear or insecurity to stop us from screaming out, “Hey you, friend, family member, or acquaintance. See me, know me, and join me on this journey. I believe that we are better together.”
“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT
Jeannine Mitchell currently resides in Minnesota with her husband, Josh, their creative daughter and adventurous son. Living in states like California, Idaho, Massachusetts and Minnesota birthed a love for adventure, travel and scrapbooking A cancer diagnosis changed this mama’s call from homeschooling to healing and sharing her rescue story through writing and speaking. She’s passionate about moms, mentoring, prayer and serves on the MORE Mentoring Team.
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