Men­tor­ship or MA­NIP­U­LA­TION Pt I T

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Steve Lys­ton is a bib­li­cal eco­nomics con­sul­tant and au­thor of sev­eral books, in­clud­ing ‘End Time Finance’ and ‘The New Mil­lion­aire’.

HERE IS a fine line be­tween men­tor­ship and ma­nip­u­la­tion, and sadly, many have been burnt by the lat­ter on their road to suc­cess. The fail­ure/lack of suc­cess that we are see­ing glob­ally is the re­sult of the lack of proper men­tor­ship and the abun­dance of ma­nip­u­la­tion. It is, there­fore, nec­es­sary for us to recog­nise that men­tor­ship guides and ma­tures a per­son into great­ness and ful­fil­ment of their pur­pose for the ben­e­fit of all, while ma­nip­u­la­tion di­rects a per­son to a path through ex­ploita­tion, de­cep­tion and control in or­der to main­tain or ac­cess power – thus the only ben­e­fi­ciary is the per­son di­rect­ing. Sadly, ma­nip­u­la­tion does not only oc­cur in pol­i­tics, me­dia, and busi­ness, but also within churches across the globe. This is­sue is broad, so in Part 1 of this ar­ti­cle, we will fo­cus on men­tor­ship. A men­tor is a trust­wor­thy coun­sel­lor or guide who teaches or ad­vises a less ex­pe­ri­enced or less knowl­edge­able per­son. Your men­tor can be older or younger than you are, be­cause men­tor­ship is de­pen­dent on the level of ex­per­tise, ex­pe­ri­ence, and/knowl­edge in a par­tic­u­lar area. The fo­cus of men­tor­ship is to de­velop the whole per­son so that one can ma­ture to be used in a greater ca­pac­ity. We need men­tor­ship in pol­i­tics, re­li­gion, busi­ness, me­dia, se­cu­rity forces, and the Church. The trans­mis­sion of knowl­edge can be for­mal or in­for­mal. In car­ry­ing out men­tor­ship, one can use ex­pe­ri­ence with in­sight from the Holy Spirit. One can also use their ex­pe­ri­ence from pain and pas­sion. It is a process that means you will need to walk side by side with the learner in or­der for them to bring fruit. There are things that will de­velop that you can only learn along the way with your pro­tégé/mentee. A men­tor should never be afraid to pass on knowl­edge to de­velop an in­di­vid­ual; there are al­ways ben­e­fits for both par­ties. We have seen the with­hold­ing of knowl­edge from one generation to the next, which is a fail­ure on the part of those who should be men­tors. Many or­gan­i­sa­tions are now dy­ing be­cause there is a lack of men­tor­ship and an abun­dance of ma­nip­u­la­tion. Your men­tor will give you in­sight, tac­tics, strate­gies, and wis­dom to launch and be suc­cess­ful glob­ally. In the Bi­ble, we see great men­tors and great pro­tégés/mentees. For ex­am­ple: Naomi – Ruth Eli­jah – Elisha Morde­cai – Es­ther Ev­ery pro­tégé/mentee must fol­low those who have proven them­selves and have over­come life’s strug­gles. Do not fol­low some­one only be­cause/if they are fi­nan­cially suc­cess­ful. Fol­low one who has a wealth of knowl­edge, the fear of God, strong, pos­i­tive moral val­ues.

Your men­tor will teach you the law of ac­cess, pro­to­col for the en­vi­ron­ment in which you are pre­par­ing to go, and even how to dress for where you are headed. Recog­nise that your men­tor also has the au­thor­ity to speak you into your suc­cess and onto your path of pros­per­ity.

There can­not be any eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment or global change un­til strong men­tors rise up and be­gin to chal­lenge peo­ple to­wards de­vel­op­ment. When we see the young and the old com­pet­ing with each other in pol­i­tics and in the churches, it is clear that there is a fail­ure in the area of men­tor­ship.

Re­mem­ber that the key to men­tor­ship is the right mo­tive. Your men­tors are there to pre­vent you from any un­nec­es­sary pain, mis­takes, or fail­ures. They are also there to bring out your true po­ten­tial, and to ad­dress your pit­falls which hin­der you, such as pride, ar­ro­gance, and zeal with­out knowl­edge. The men­tor is pre­par­ing you for both the bless­ing and the en­emy ahead.

The suc­cess of a leader must be mea­sured by the num­ber of lives they have im­pacted and have em­pow­ered and raised up to be lead­ers as well, so that there is con­tin­u­a­tion. This prin­ci­ple is in line with the Bib­li­cal in­struc­tion from God to “be fruit­ful and mul­ti­ply’ (Ge­n­e­sis 1: 28)

I truly be­lieve that na­tions need to start set­ting up schools of men­tor­ship, where they pull peo­ple from ev­ery sec­tor who will em­power and pass on the wis­dom and knowl­edge they have gained in their ar­eas of ex­per­tise. These schools must be open to all. No qual­i­fi­ca­tion lim­its must be put on who will at­tend these schools. You may find that those who at­tend may choose a dif­fer­ent and more pos­i­tive ca­reer path, which could ul­ti­mately re­duce crime.



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