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In the Footsteps

August 22, 2007

I wonder how I did construction before I had an iPod. It travels with me to the saw, to the trash, to the basement, and all around the room, and provides the exact infotainment that I’d like, in that moment. The past couple of days, it was Dallas Willard and Todd Hunter doing several hours of seminars about Kingdom theology, and it was interesting to hear them talk about discipleship as apprenticeship while I was living out my own apprenticeship. I mean, it’s been at least 15 years since I worked with John and Gene, but I still find myself doing things exactly the way they did them. I use the same tools in the same way, make the same decisions, walk at the same pace, and even cut drywall just exactly the way Gene did: 4″ down from the top, then lean over to finish the cut, bottom up. My fingers and feet move just like his. I don’t consciously think about any of this– it is my training, and it just flows. And, for good and for ill, it is the way I teach other people to build stuff.

With the framing done and the wallboard nearly hung, tomorrow I’ll switch to finishing drywall (exactly like John) with some fresh Psalters. Should be a good day.

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2 Responses to “In the Footsteps”

  1. GM says:

    Love the metaphor for lots of reasons! I still think of how my dad showed me how to do various projects. Then, when I’m done and am standing in the middle of a giant mess, I think of how you do things and wonder if it is too late to learn some new ways to work. Santification is an ongoing process I guess.

  2. maria says:

    Psalters make every job go quicker. Maybe it’s all the adrenaline that floods your system when they get fired up.

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