Genesis 31: 6-7 (NIV) You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.
The role of a protégé is to serve a mentor, I have discoverered that there are mentors and tormentors.
A mentor sees your future and he is passionate in ensuring that you get to that future, he/she is a coach, always correcting and encouraging you to ensure you get better. A mentor is not afraid to tell you the truth no matter how bitter it is, your mentor is not interested in your present, his focus is on your future.
A tormentor on the other hand has foresight also like a mentor but he is afraid of your future and will use you for his own purposes, a tormentor will cheat and manipulate you just to keep you around and to ensure that everything God has put in you is used for his own advancement, anything you do to improve your status will be passionately resisted.
What do you do when you are serving a tormentor ?
1. Serve faithfully: you must understand that your reward will come from God, not from any man. They may even belittle your work and never share credit. Keep serving! When you serve man, look up to God for your reward.
2. Report to God: what we do normally is to report to man first or get angry or very rude. What you ought to do is report the matter to God, if you trust God to handle it, He will.
3. Be assured that you will not serve in vain: God always rewards your work. It doesn't matter how long your efforts have been overlooked, a day is coming when God will combine all your faithfulness of many years together and give you your reward.
God rewarded Jacob who served Laban for 14 years, God rewarded David who served Saul faithfully and God also rewarded the Israelis who helped build all the pyramids in Egypt during a 430 year period. You will not leave that place empty handed, trust God!
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