On the Job Training

Mark 16:19 – 20 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Several years ago, when I began seriously writing, I had a mentor. A woman by the name of Chip Ricks came alongside me. She had authored many books, and had taught writing classes at the college level. Chip encouraged me, showed me my strengths, and helped me to improve my weaknesses. Without her help, I don’t know if I’d have ever gotten published.

Before I graduated from college, I was required to complete my student teaching. Just as Chip worked with me as a writer, a 2nd grade teacher named Kathy Warren helped me learn how to teach. She taught me methods of classroom management, ways to spot learning disabilities, and gave me endless encouragement and tips.

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In both of those situations, I had someone to work alongside me. Had I been thrown into the classroom without that help, I’d have surely failed. Had I continued seeking publication without Chip’s guidance, I’d probably have given up long ago. It helps to have an expert come alongside us, to offer wisdom and encouragement.

Isn’t it great that we have a mentor? His name is the Holy Spirit! He doesn’t just give us our daily assignments and send us out to be eaten by the wolves. He works with us! He guides us, encourages us, strengthens us and gives us wisdom. He provides help when we need it, and confirmation when we are doing His will. He gives us the ultimate on-the-job training. And with a mentor like that, we are surely destined for success in each and every assignment that comes our way.

So, what is your assignment for today?

Dear Father, Thank You for being my helper, my mentor, my friend.


2 Responses to On the Job Training

  1. April 1, 2009 #

    To encourage you – beautiful words, continue to honor Him with the gifts He has given you!

  2. April 1, 2009 #

    Thank you, Tracey! Blessings to you. 🙂

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