A mentor is: "an experienced and trusted adviser". There are natural mentors- they are our parents, grandparents, and other members of our family. Then there are chosen mentors- those we seek outside of our family zone. The person may be a supervisor, pastor or teacher. 1 and 2 Timothy are books rooted in the foundation of mentorship. Paul points out from whom Timothy was first inspired in the faith- his mother and grandmother. (2 Timothy 1:5, NIV). Being a young pastor, Paul's friendship, love and teaching was very valuable to Timothy. He faced many challenges, conflicts and pressures from the church and surrounding culture. In today's society, there is a need for positive role models and mentors, especially for our youth. You don't have to be a huge organization to encourage or mentor someone. Allow the Holy Spirit to use your gifts and talents to advise or encourage another person. Being a mentor is not a license to be critical of others, but to be an encouraging and a supportive figure in someone's life. Let your light have a profound effect of those around you.