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comparing yourself and your strengths   some time needs to be given responsibility
        and weaknesses with others. Maybe some   to carry out in a practical way what he has
        of them were more capable than Timothy,   learned by observation and teaching (1Co
        but he was the one who was still with Paul   4:17). Timothy knew Paul’s message and
        in the later part of his ministry. You will   manner of life and had advanced to the
        learn from a mentor his knowledge and   place he could be trusted to do what was
        skills through the accounts he tells regard-  needed. He was faithful to live out what
        ing the Christian heritage, as well as from   he knew because he had been a “fellow-
        his experience and use of gifts.      laborer.” The greatest need any worker
        Needed: A Teachable Spirit            for the Lord has is to take care of his own
                                              soul. Commit to a plan of Bible study,
          One who is a true learner will seek to   memorization, meditation and prayer.
        grasp all he can from watching a mentor’s
        way of life and his way of teaching, thus   Needed: A Worker in the Field
        learning the purpose of the mentor’s life   It is the mentor’s hope and prayer that
        (1Ti 4:10-16). A desire to learn and ask for   those whom he has with him will have the
        advice will mean being willing to put in   capacity to catch the vision and approach
        the hours necessary to understand what   to the gospel that is needed (1Th 3:2). Get
        the mentor is seeking to impart. The Holy   the big picture of the Lord’s work in your
        Spirit will guide you to apply what you   mind and accept your obligation to pass
        learn. It is then that the mentor will be able   on what you have learned to others with
        to send the one being mentored to do a   whom you labor. Timothy caught that
        specified work and be secure in knowing   from Paul and had the willingness not
        what he would do and teach.
                                              only to act on that himself but to pass it on.
        Needed: A Caring Mind                   The task is great and there is always the
          Timothy shared the goals God had    need to have a personal relationship with
        burned into Paul’s heart (Php 2:20). They   others with whom we labor, even if it is
        had one mind and one heart in the objec-  only occasionally. Workers are willing to
        tives of the ministry to which they had   expend the energy and time to promote
        been called. Openness in communication   the work of the Lord in spite of obstacles
        and expectations is needed by both the one   and opposition. They also recognize their
        being mentored and the mentor. Defined   need of others who will do the same work
        goals, long-term and short-term, help   in the great harvest field (2Ti 2:2). Review
        our understanding of each other when   with your mentor all that has been done,
        there are hard places and people to deal   including the difficulties and defeats, as
        with. Now Timothy, his “beloved son”   well as the victories. Whatever is accom-
        who was “faithful in the Lord,” was able   plished in any work is because of divine
        to go to a difficult place like Corinth or to   strength and power, so always give God
        Philippi to correct and remind them of the   all the glory for anything that produces
        one who brought them the gospel.      results. Review the failures, and let the
                                              mentor give his opinion as to how to avoid
        Needed: A Trustworthy Person          the same difficulties or how to deal with
          A person who has been mentored for   them when they come again.

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