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G120A few years ago, after being in my small group at Switch for awhile, Grace Day came to me and asked me to mentor her.  We started meeting on a weekly basis.  We went through some books together, read out of the Bible, prayed, ate, talked, laughed, cried {okay I cried way more than she ever did}, tried to serve others, asked the hard questions, and grew closer to God and closer to each other.

In 2013-2014, Grace went to South Africa for almost a year.  We wrote letters and sent packages and Skyped and emailed.  I missed her a lot, but when she came back, I saw how God had used that time to transform Grace.  She was wiser, stronger in her faith, her heart was more aware of others, her ability to love had expanded, her outlook on life forever changed in really good ways.

Grace’s faith doesn’t come as easily for her as mine does for me.  She questions things, she wrestles with God.  And it’s wonderful.  Because she has learned and is learning that God is always there for her.  The answers aren’t always clear or easy, but she is learning more and more to let go and trust Him.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch and be a part of.

During her senior year, I’ve watched Grace excel at leading others.  I’ve seen her open herself up and be more vulnerable, which in turn makes her stronger than she’s ever been before.  I’ve watched while she has grown up so much that I’m sitting here crying while I write, like some lame old person.

Tonight Grace graduates from high school and next fall she will head to the University of Arkansas.  And I’ll just be sitting here crying, most likely. ;)  But really, I am very excited to watch her journey from here forward.  I know she is going to change the world, because she has already changed mine.

This post is for anyone who has ever thought about finding a mentor.  I know it’s difficult to approach someone and ask them to invest in your life.  I know, because I went through that process.  And now I have a wonderful lady who gives freely of her time to pour into my life, heart, and soul {shout out to Kathy!!}.  I promise it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.  Go!  Find a mentor!  Do it.

This post is for anyone who has ever thought about mentoring someone – and maybe for those who haven’t thought about it, but definitely should.  You don’t have to have it all together {trust. me.}!  You don’t have to have all the answers.  I am the perfect example of a broken, flawed individual who God has managed to use.  I promise you will learn more than you will ever teach.  Please consider mentoring someone, or maybe even more than one someone. 

And finally, this post is for Grace.  I am so, so proud of you.  You truly are amazing.  Thank you.  Thank you for asking me to start meeting with you years ago.  Thank you for sharing your life with me.  Thank you for being you, perfect and beautiful just as you are!  I love you so much!  Congrats on your graduation!!


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