A while back, I thanked by name the mentors in my life, the people who helped shape me and helped me to shape myself. Rick, Leo, Carl, and John. There are some others. Mentors are people who invest in you and expect nothing in return. They can love and encourage you but they can kick you in the butt and tell you to think again just as easily.
God supplies the raw materials and the ability to become more fully me and more fully human. God's gift is a mentor, a person who knows where this is going. A person that can point us in the right direction. Jesus is the Prime Mentor. I have noticed that people don't like mentors as much today, preferring the "do-it-yourself" mode of growth. Pity.
Here's a question:
Whose life will be better because you believed in them?
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it,
but God has been making it grow.
1 Corinthians 3:6