On this Thanksgiving day I am reminded of how thankful I am for the mentors and mentees in my life. Gratitude has the power to bond two people in a very special way. That’s why it’s an essential element in the mentor-mentee relationship.
While Timothy was undoubtably grateful for the investment Paul made in his life, I find it interesting that Paul expressed his gratitude for the relationship as well. He wrote, “I thank God…as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers” 2 Tim 1:3. He was thankful for this young man who followed, listened and learned from him. And thankful to have someone who would carry on what had been started.
Expressing thanks to those who faithfully follow you deepens their loyalty, increases their confidence and enlarges their hunger to learn. So take some time over the next couple of days to look one of your faithful followers in the eyes and say, Thank you for growing along side me, I appreciate your loyalty and consider myself blessed to know you.”
So to all you mentees out there, we say a great big thanks to you today…the future is bright because of your hunger and willingness to be teachable.