” Why should we be afraid of one another, since both of us have only God to fear? Why should we think that our brother would not understand us, when we understood very well what was meant when somebody spoke God’s comfort or God’s admonition to us, perhaps in words that were halting and unskilled? Or do we really think there is a single person in this world who does not need either encouragement or admonition? Why, then, has God bestowed Christian brotherhood upon us?” (Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 106)
Far too many of us think that we need to be perfect, or to surpass some undefined milestone, in order to mentor another Christian or to speak into another’s life. The faster we rid ourselves of that fallacy, the faster we will begin to make disciples and live the Christian life together in genuine fellowship.