Living as Apprentices
We were talking about the Holy Spirit. One person in the group said, “For a long time I didn’t know a lot about the Holy Spirit. Now I do, but I don’t often remember to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help.”
A general discussion followed on how hard it is to ask for help – and how the Twelve Step concept of powerlessness makes asking for help less difficult. I then told a story about my conundrum about purchasing a table to put in my new “writing room” – one which will allow me to spread out everything I need as I write. My problem is finding a way to get it from the store to my house. I had thought of several solutions but the only one that seemed viable was to ask for help – which I really didn’t want to do.
We had quite a discussion on this issue and its underlying false narrative: pride or perfectionism or rugged individualism, among others. At the end, one of the group members said, “So ask for help.”
I said, “For what?”
She said, “What do you need help with?”
I said, “A truck to pick up my table.”
She said, “I can help you with that.”
Then someone else in the class said, ” I have a table you may have.” She went on to describe the very table I wanted to order. “We don’t need it anymore and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. The two of us will work together and you will have your table.”
After class, a third member came up with some rolled up $20 bills. She asked me to give them to a fourth class member who she knew needed financial assistance. After relaying the cash and the message to the extremely grateful young woman, I headed back to my office and saw a fifth member of the class in the hall.
We talked a bit about the discussion on asking for help. She said, “I wish people would ask for help. I have created margin in my life so I can help, and I do several things, but I wish I could help more individuals.”
I looked at her for a few seconds and then finally said, “Do you like garage sales?”
She gave me a big smile, “I love garage sales!”
I said, “I hate them, but I need to have one in June. Would you like to help?”
“Of course,” she said.
One of the tenets of the Apprentice series is that if everyone shared, we would all have enough which speaks in opposition to the false narrative, “I need to keep what I have because I won’t have enough.” As I write this post, I remember that a former Apprentice student (now an Apprentice teacher) is coming to paint my bathroom tomorrow (because he can and because he is grateful and loves to bless others). I am more and more committed to helping everyone see the truth and wonder of that concept.