It's Day 13 of our 31 Days to Hallway Praise challenge! Thanks for continuing on with all of us.
Yesterday, we discussed finding your "Paul" - an older lady who can help you grow in both your spiritual walk and in your household responsibilities. Along those same lines, today I want to encourage you to find your Timothy.
Your Timothy will be a younger lady whom you can take under wing. When we're facing a trial of any sort, it is so very, very easy to become so focused on the hardship and on ourselves that we sometimes forget about others. Just as the Dead Sea is stagnant because it has no outlet, we all need a ministry outlet lest we become stale, too.
However, we also need to be careful when finding our Timothy that we don't shove advice onto someone unsolicited. I've done that before, and it's not fun for anyone. So, when you're considering whom you can minister to, think about whether or not someone has already asked you for advice. If so, that's probably a good place to start.
Prayerfully consider whom your Timothy might be. If you're not mature in your own faith yet, now might not be the time to pour into someone else. But be praying about growing your own faith so that when the opportunity to shepherd someone else does come up, you'll be able to graciously step into that role.
If you're a young mom, your little ones might well be the Timothies that God has for you. Or you might have the opportunity to mentor someone who is new in her faith. If you're older and have been walking with the Lord for many years, you might be in a position to train up someone who is fairly mature in her own faith, too.
Helping someone else to grow in her faith is a big responsibility and shouldn't be taken lightly. Go through with this only after much thought, prayer, and counsel from your husband. But if the Lord allows you to enjoy this kind of ministry, what a wonderful thing to help nurture another's faith!
Today's action steps: Prayerfully consider whether or not you're in a position to mentor someone. If you're already a mom, the answer is yes - you need to be mentoring your little ones, no matter how inadequate you might feel at times! If you are ready and haven't yet found your Timothy, pray about who it is that the Lord would have you come alongside. Once you know who your Timothy is, continually seek the Lord's leading and wisdom as you shepherd this new relationship!