Role Models as Mentors

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Ruth Bell Graham

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”  (Paul the mentor, to Timothy his mentee in 1 Timothy 4:12 NASB95, bold type my addition.)

There are several verses that pertain to mentoring even though you won’t find that word in the Scriptures.  The concept is there.  Paul was a mentor to Timothy and I love what he said to Timothy in that first letter.  His words to Timothy are sound words to us all.  There is usually someone younger than us (in age, experience, or spiritual maturity) who can benefit from those words.

It’s Labor Day as I type this entry.  We are on our way home from the mountains.  It’s raining and we are stuck in traffic in a small mountain town outside Dillard, GA.

Our predicament affords me some time to work on this week’s posts on mentoring. These roads and rainy conditions may serve as a good analogy on being a mentor.  After all, don’t mentors serve as navigators through various aspects of our lives as they journey ahead of us navigating through their own twists and turns in life, career, or ministry?

Today’s purpose is to inform you about one type of mentor, the role model.

About now, you may already have conjured up some reminder of someone in your life who was or is a role model.  They may or may not be alive.  If they are still living, they may not even be aware of being a role model to you.

A role model has characteristics that inspire you to want to emulate.  Maybe she is feminine, a blessing to her husband and family, patient, loving, kind, creative, etc.

Here are a few of my role models.

Ruth Bell Graham

I have read two biographies on Mrs. Graham, the wife of Billy Graham.  I have also read some of her personal writings. She was quite a poet.  I wish I could have met her while she was still living.  What I admire in her is her support of her husband and the ministry God has given him, her committing herself to raising their children well even though her husband was gone so much of the time, and her ability to minister to others in her home and out in the world.

The Birthday Girls

This is a group of women, friends of mine, and we routinely get together to celebrate one or more of the birthdays that have come along among those of us in the group.  Together we form a sisterhood of unique personalities, pasts, socio-economic statuses, ages, stages, and spiritual gifts that inspire me to love others more genuinely, sometimes get a little out of my comfort zone (but in a good way), and minister to others with them.  Individually, they each bring into my life a desire to hang on to friendship for its many assets.  They show me what love among the “sisters” is all about.  They encourage me and make me want to follow their example to love and encourage them and others.  They have prayed for me and cause me to remember that prayer is a labor of love for others.  I think they are better friends to me than I am to them. But, I’m a little ashamed to tell them so.  There is something about each of them that inspires me.


Well, we’ve traveled a short distance on Highway 441 and this blog.  Tomorrow affords another look at another type of mentor.


Who do you recognize as a role model in your life?  Somehow, he or she has helped you to become the person you are today and are helping you to become the tomorrow you.  Thank God for them.

Opportunity for Response:

Leave a response here sharing a favorite attribute of one of your role models.  Just leave a comment below and I’ll post it after I’ve read it.  Thank you.

(Believe it or not, I really want you to leave a comment.  How can I make that more clear to you my precious reader?  One of my love languages is the gift of words.  I’m not looking for a compliment here.  I am truly interested in reading your responses and sharing them with others.  Based on the readership statistics of the blog each day, your responses will minister to others stopping by here, too.)


  1. Love this – I found my sweet mentor in ur precepts class – Susan Binns. 🙂

  2. Denise,
    That is so cool! Susan is a sweetheart. What a pair you are! ; )

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