The Mentor is not only modeled through the pages of the Bible, it is explicitly commanded in the form of ‘teaching them to observe’ (Mt. 28:20) and ‘discipling’. Our God is the Teacher in whose instruction we ‘delight’ (Ps 1:2). The only Perfect Man was the Discipler of all nations, and men who follow Him are to ‘teach others also’.
The heart of the mentor is teaching heart. The mentor knows. And he wants others to know. He models, explains, and trains. He disciples—first, his wife and kids, then others. He exercises ‘transformation’ in others.
A man is ‘supposed’ to know things. How a car runs. How to fix a hairdryer. Why the mower won’t start. The capital of Nepal. How many legs on a spider. How far to the next rest stop. It’s up to him to have a working knowledge of why electricity flows, dogs bark, hamsters die, and girls act weird. Why do family members ask the man of the house these things? Because men are supposed to know how things work. Men are supposed to be able to teach life.
Who's your apprentice?