A good spiritual Christian mentor always cares about how those he has mentored are doing. He is always thinking or praying about them. He is always pleased when they grow to maturity in Christ, just as the Apostle Paul was pleased with what was happening at the church in Colossi:
For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. (Colossians 2:5 NIV).
We should each try to make our mentors happy. Let us not just live showy lives designed to impress people at an artificial level, but let us work hard to be “disciplined” with firm faith in Christ. True discipline makes a difference not only in our own lives, but in the lives of people around us. Our mentors, because they know us so well, will recognize the marks of discipline in our lives, even when we are not trying to show off. Let us make them happy, and let us not grieve them.