Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a brunch in honor of a woman who has mentored more than 20 women. Susie is 71 years young and has probably never considered the word retirement. As I looked around the room, I saw many young mothers and some who were a bit older. But the common denominator was that each woman had spent hours with Susie one on one as we allowed her to mentor us using a program entitled "Called to Obedience". It is a Christian based program that uses the Bible as the standard and has helped many people over the years. The author of this study is Dennie Dowell and she was in attendance also. It was so interesting to hear her testimony of becoming a Christian in her adult years. She and her husband helped many people who were struggling and he has since died. I'm sure it was inspiring for her to see the impact of their work in obedience to God.
As I'm entering the latter half of my life, I have a choice. I could rationalize that I've worked hard for many years and now is the time to sit back and enjoy. Or I could learn from both Susie and Dennie that it's even better to give to others and be used as a mentor. I believe our world has too few people who are willing to sit with another and offer wise counsel. I enjoyed having a mentor and I hope to be a mentor to other women.