Care can be defined as:
#1) Serious attention; solicitude; heed; caution: she devotes great care to her work
The act of caring takes commitment and devotion. You can’t just care when you feel like it, or when you have the time. Caring for the development of another person requires you to focus on that person and place them in a priority of importance in your life. The Good Samaritan told the inn keeper to take ‘care’ of the man he found along the road (Luke 10). Care will disturb your schedule. Caring for someone means you are willing to be disturbed by them. The Good Samaritan went out of his way to care for the man on the road. He made sure he had what he needed.
Care can also be defined as:
#2) Protection; charge: He is under the care of a doctor.
The act of caring makes me accept the responsibility to help someone else. There are always going to be people who ‘need’ your attention. Younger leaders who need your counsel. Other workers who need your encouragement and advice. Older, former leaders who need your attention. If you don’t care you won’t even see them, let alone realize their need. When you care for someone’s development and growth, you assume a certain responsibility for them. Some people don’t care enough to do that, to help someone else. If you are their mentor, they have a right to expect you to be there. In Mark 4, the disciples asked Jesus, “Don’t you care if we drown?” The storm was great and Jesus was there. It became His responsibility to help them. If you mentor someone, they have the right to expect you to be there when they need you.
Finally, care can be defined as:
#3) Temporary keeping: He left his valuable in the care of friends, or, address my mail in care of the embassy.
The act of caring causes you to let someone become a part of your life. Becoming a part of your life means you are willing to let them into your world. Some people learn best by observing us as we live our lives. Some need to learn other things from us other than management and priorities. That takes time! The greatest gift you can give to someone else is your time. It is like you are giving them a portion of your life. You will never be able to get it back. We all have the exact same amount of time, it is how we spend it that makes the difference. Are you willing to spend it doing what is best for someone else?
The art of caring is vital in a mentoring relationship!