Mentoring as Leaving It All on the Field
Aug 05, 2011 by Don Payne | 1 Comments
Coaches commonly motivate athletes by urging them to "leave it all on the field." If you're not familiar with this expression, it's a way of challenging a person to hold nothing back or give everything one has. However, the figure of speech is pregnant for more than athletic endeavors. It's what mentors do. I've met a lot of wonderful mentors who don't think they have all that much to offer others. Yet, they don't realize how much God has built into them over the years. Perhaps it is not academically-acquired knowledge. Perhaps their wisdom has never been publically and formally credentialed. Perhaps they don't know how much they know and how much they have to give that others need. It's a travesty for all that wisdom and experience that God has given each of us (however we acquired it) to die with us. Mentoring provides a way to leave more of that on the field. That does not mean that as mentors we have to act like dump trucks and constantly offload our opinions, advice or stories. It does mean that we have to get in the game with others and at least open our lives to them.
Mentors, trust that God has given you more than you know. Trust God to bring out what will be helpful and needed. Don't let it die with you. Make yourself available. Leave it all on the field.