In addition to the Mom, wife, and writer parts of my life, I work part-time as a legal researcher for an industrial hygiene company. In simple terms, that means I read volumes of depositions in asbestos cases and compile work histories. As in who worked with what, where did they do it, how, when, and for how long. Absolutely riveting Q & A with a bunch of arguing and objecting lawyers thrown in to break up the monotony.

In case after case, I usually find someone working as either an apprentice and/or a journeyman. Someone learning the pipefitting, insulating, welding, sheet metal, or plumbing trade from someone else through on-the-job experience and occasionally additional evening classes.

The apprentice follows in the footsteps of the journeyman. Watching. Asking questions. Listening. Modeling. Helping with the menial tasks and freeing up the experienced craftsman to do what only they can do.

What about me? I am an apprentice. Not in plumbing or insulation, but in life.

As a writer, I even took the Apprentice Course through the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers’ Guild and was paired with a mentor to learn the craft of writing. I continue to grow through conferences, contests, critique groups and craft books. Someday, I might know enough to be able to be a journeyman and in turn help those just starting out.

As a wife and mother, I seek out those who are further along in the journey (like my own mother) and watch how they live. I’ve been blessed to be able to encourage younger mothers in return.

And, as a follower of Christ, I am an apprentice. Learning. Growing. Sitting under the instruction of those more knowledgeable than myself. Reading the Word. Asking questions through prayer and listening for direction. Watching for opportunities to help bring others to the only One who can change hearts and lives.

What about you? Are you an apprentice or a journeyman? Who are you following? What does your on-the-job-training look like?

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  • May 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm


    I love being a mentor and also having one as well. There is so much to be learned and taught in the process of helping people become better Christians, wives and moms in doing so.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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