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The Young as Mentors
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We adults call ourselves teachers and mentors of kids. However, since technology bombarded our scene many of us find ourselves asking them to help us with our computers, iphones, ipads or whatever. Their verdant minds are quick to grab onto the latest devices being developed, while we often struggle to do so. The children often become the mentors, teaching us.

Not that we haven’t always learned from children—we have. It’s just more apparent now. We obviously didn’t fully realize the quick capabilities of children’s minds. It took technology to bring this boldly to the fore. There are self-made entrepreneurs among these youthful mentors, some are wealthy ones, who made their mark in the marketplace even before teenage years—all due to technology. There is a Rich List out there whose names have changed the way we moderns live—and they started before adulthood.

Recently, Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor of Facebook celebrated his 30th birthday, just shy of reaching the 20 billion dollar mark. It all started by creating his own computer program for his father’s dental office at age 12. Young Zuckerberg broke the glass ceiling as a young mentor—and he continues to mentor upcoming youth in the business world. But this is all money-oriented. There’s much more to life than being rich.

Simplicity of Love

It’s the simplicity of love which children display that is the best teaching tool. Children, if they aren’t influenced by others thinking, aren’t prejudiced. They usually aren’t ones to make fun of others appearances either, unless by children who have been affected by adult influences. A smart marketing idea was created in 1978: The Cabbage Patch dolls, designed by art student Xavier Roberts, only 23 at the time, and they remain popular play companions for children. These dolls teach kids that external beauty isn’t what everyone needs to be and that difference in appearance isn’t “ugly face” or “homely” but “charming” and “sweet.” Children love those dolls.

First Timothy 4:12 admonishes youth, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Our family recently enlarged by five females, with the youngest grandson marrying a wife, who is the mother of four girls, identical twins in the mix. They are pretty, intelligent, well behaved, and loving. I can’t think of any advice I could better give them than the above Bible text. Yet I realize that I, too, need to show the same qualities in our relationship with our new granddaughter and great-granddaughters. And just as I can share that text with them, I also find comfort for myself in Psalms 127:3 which tells me, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” Yes, children can be the best of mentors. And letting them know it is another aspect of mentoring.

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