Grey Hair

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. -Proverbs 16:31

My Pastor often says, “The problem with our generation is that all of our mentors are 30 seconds older than us!” He then encourages us to get around and be mentored by people who have grey hair! People that have experience. People who can tell you all the mistakes they made and help you not make the same ones.

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I’ve been doing my best to get around wise people since I was a teenager. When I was 17, I was interning at my church and my mentor would bring successful men and women with “grey hair” in to come speak to us. He then encouraged us to take them out to coffee and ask them questions so we could learn from them.

I took that advice and started taking out people with “grey hair” and asking them as many questions about life as I could. It’s been one of the most beneficial practices in my life.

In fact, those meetings eventually turned into my Learning to Lead podcast. If you are interested in my process for meeting with mentors, listen to this podcast I recorded on the topic: “Making the Most of Mentoring.”

I would really encourage you to find people who are much further ahead of you in the following areas and ask them to mentor you:

  • Your spiritual life
  • Ministry
  • Finances
  • Marriage
  • Relationships
  • Work – Career – Leadership
  • Physical Fitness
  • Emotional Health

It’s fine to get around people who are your age or a little bit older and learn from them. However, my hope and prayer for you is that you’ll find people much further ahead of you (with some grey hair) in all of the areas I listed above to learn from. They will help you go further, faster in every area of your life.

Questions: 

  • Do you currently have people mentoring you in all of these areas?
  • Look at the people you let speak into your life, how many of them are much further ahead of you in their journey? If there aren’t many, I encourage you to become intentional about finding some!

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