After a seminar I taught in Medford, Oregon, a young lady came up to me and thanked me for flying across the country to speak at her church. I asked her what the Lord was doing in her life. “Well,” she said, “I have a few girls in school that I am meeting with each week to help them grow in their Christian lives.”

“How old are you?” I asked.

“Twelve,” she replied.

Here she was a spiritual mother at the age of 12! I meet many believers in their fifties and sixties who feel they cannot do what this 12-year-old has accepted as normal Christian living. What is wrong with this picture?

You can always find someone spiritually younger than you whom you can disciple and train in the ways of God, and soon that person will be ready to train someone else. The Bible’s exhortation for older men to train younger men and older women to train younger women means that spiritual parents should be mature Christians who reflect experience. This does not necessarily mean an older-in-age woman needs to mentor a younger-in-age woman. Age has less to do with maturity than experience. Experience and spiritual maturity should be the yardstick that indicates who should mentor whom.

Regardless of age, you can be a spiritual parent!