13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
– Acts 4:13 (NLT)
27 A truly wise person uses few words;
a person with understanding is even-tempered.
– Proverbs 17:27 (NLT)
For nearly four decades, the name Yoda was synonymous with mentor. He was the oldest of a long line of heroes who always paired up as masters and apprentices. Then came Baby Yoda. He is a different kind of mentor.
Mentors, teachers, and those who guide us in life may seem like one of the most common type of relationships. However, there are still hundreds, if not thousands of people who spend too much of their life without the advantage of a mentor. Perhaps, like the editor relationship, some people are hesitant to seek a mentor, or to put what they teach to good use. Other times, people have moved around so much that they barely have any relationships in their new community and do not know where to find a mentor.
Where to find them
If you have money, you can find a mentor. There are life coaches, professional coaches, teachers, and other experts who offer services on and offline for a price. Any search engine can lead you to professional mentors inside or outside your community, with any focus you could imagine. However, if you cannot afford to pay for a mentor, finding one may be more difficult.
Churches are a good place to look for mentors. If we (churches) understand our mission well, the core of who we are is mentors to each other. I think it goes deeper than just generic mentoring though. We are tasked with being a very specific kind of mentor.
What they do
In all the Star Wars movies, no one went to Yoda for help piloting a space ship. No one asked him for help in light saber duels. Instead they went to him to be trained spiritually in the ways of the Force. He was the best there was when it came to that area of expertise.
What you will hopefully find at church is a mentor who will teach you to be more like Jesus. It is more than just spirituality. It is more than religion. It is the most basic understanding of what it means to be a child of God. That is not a privileged status we can claim for ourselves. It is big shoes that we are called to live into… with the help of a mentor.