Real Talk | Fears about Mentoring

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My husband and I have orientation tomorrow for Big Brothers Big Sisters and I'm a little nervous. I've volunteered back in high school for a school reading program and a few times for church events, but truth be told I haven't volunteered since and I'm turning 27 this year. Why haven't I volunteered in the past? I always found some type of excuse- not because I didn't want to, but because I felt I was too busy. Too busy? What a lousy excuse.

We decided that we wanted to volunteer not only to feel better about ourselves, but to impact the life of a child who is less fortunate. We decided Big Brothers Big Sisters would be the best match for us because we love kids and would love to change one child's world for the better. We also both have older siblings and I for one have always wanted a younger brother/sister, so I couldn't be more thrilled! Positiveness and excitement aside- I'm a little nervous.

Why am I nervous? I'm afraid that I won't have the right answers when I'm asked a difficult question by my little sister. I'm scared that I won't positively impact her life. I'm nervous that she won't see me as a role model. I'm afraid that she won't benefit from me mentoring her.

But, my friends, I know I can do this and do it well. I've prayed for God to give me the strength to change the little sister's life I'll be teamed up with. I know if I trust in him it'll be an amazing experience.

Yes, I'm scared. But most importantly, I'm excited and ready to volunteer. I encourage you to do the same! I'll also be blogging little recaps from my volunteering adventures and I can't wait!

Do you volunteer or mentor? If so, do you have any tips? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Your concerns are very relatable. I taught a book club last year about body image for young teens, and was SO concerned that they would walk away feeling like I had glossed over the issues. They didn't respond as well as I'd hoped initially, but they began to seek me out to spend more time with them and I realized that simply not being alone is what these girls needed.

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  2. I had 6 younger siblings growing up, and after my older sister got married, I was the one they looked up to. Definitely felt a lot of pressure to give my siblings a Christ-like example to follow. Thanks for your post, I found it very encouraging. :-)

    Katie // From My Vanity

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