You Cannot Do It Alone

We learn about mentoring in the Bible where mentors and mentees show us the importance of such relationships. One of the first mentoring pairs is Jethro and his son-in-law Moses. (Exodus 18) Jethro tells Moses “you cannot do it alone.” Exodus 18:18

Moses couldn’t do the work of leading alone. God provided someone in his life, someone who he had a relationship with already to speak truth and help him be the best he could be.

The Search Institute (1) which has done research on the lives of kids for more than 50 years is currently focusing on Developmental Relationships. Their work is founded on the belief that “building developmental relationships with young people is the single most influential thing adults can do to help them succeed.” (2)

Young people are more likely to grow up successfully when they experience developmental relationships with important people in their lives. Developmental relationships are close connections through which young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. (3)

I think a Developmental Relationship is like the mentoring relationship between Jethro and Moses: young people (all people!) cannot do it alone.

We’ll begin our third year of the GGCC Mentoring Ministry in September. I hope you’ll be a part of it by being a mentor, praying for or supporting the ministry. Got questions? Contact me.

We gather for worship tomorrow at 9:00 and 10:30 and we’ll be looking for you as we kick off a sermon series on the light that mentors shine. We are better together and worship is an opportunity for us to be together, praise and thank God and hear God’s word.

Grace be with you,



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