Humility and Mentoring

Posted on by Reba Brookes

by Cat Tipton

“Just take me home.”

I was taken back by these words from Miami, a seventh grader who comes to our City Life Center almost every day. He’s in mentoring, fitness, music class, photography class, Middle school Bible study and he’s on the basketball team. Usually happy and talkative, today he was obviously disturbed.

After some prodding he told me that a fellow student found lice in his hair and told "everyone.” Miami was embarrassed and desperately wanted to shave his hair off. I thought that was a little extreme, so I talked to him about lice and helped him understand how annoyingly contagious they are. He agreed to come to the Center and have a fellow worker look through his hair.

He in fact had nits but no bugs. He held back his tears as we explained the process to eliminate his nit/lice issue. We encouraged him to go get shampoo and comb through his hair with his mentor. He wanted help, but was still very embarrassed. He and his mentor (a City Life indigenous leader) went to the local pharmacy and then proceeded with the shampooing and combing process. Miami and his mentor joked about the issue and used the shampoo as molding gel to create goofy hair-dos. Miami and his mentor came back to the City Life Center, ate dinner and practiced basketball. Miami was smiling, joking, and seemed back to his outgoing and involved self.

This is the heart of mentoring -- choosing to humbly serve mentees, regardless of how itchy and uncomfortable it may be!

Galatians 5:13 – “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

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