Apprenticeship

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Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I had that car, that house, that job, that position, that type of family, type of marriage, or type of relationship?” It’s natural to desire a better quality of life.

If you don’t have the big things in life you want, then have you examined how you handle the little things in life? Why? Because anyone who does not do the right thing in small matters will not do the right thing in large matters, and we are asked to be good stewards.

It’s also been said, “If you have not been faithful with that which belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you?” You need to understand and respect this principle.

Many skilled professions are learned through apprenticeship. Blue-collar trades as well as many white-collar jobs are learned by being an apprentice under a more experienced professional. Before venturing off on their own business or being entrusted to lead others, an apprentice is groomed to be a good student, servant and steward.

This principle of apprenticeship applies to every area of your life. It applies to the small things given to you as well as how you handle other people’s money and possessions.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • What would change about my life if I knew my spouse or kids were watching how I behave in private?
  • What are the small things entrusted to me? How have I shown faithfulness in the care of those things?
  • How can I know what the right thing to do is in any situation?
  • What steps can I take to ensure I do the right thing even when nobody is looking?

Do you know anybody of strong character who always does the right thing, someone who can model the person you want to become? A wise “player-coach” who has been through so much in life, but has not crumbled. A mentor with a calm, assertive, compassionate, forgiving spirit.

Study them. Benefit from their wisdom. Learn from their mistakes. Become their apprentice.

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