The blind leading the blind. Yes, it's a play on words, but it's also an important distinction. If you don't know where you're going, why should anyone go with you?
I had a discussion with a young man this weekend about being an apprentice. He was extremely interested in learning how to run a sound system. Now, this wasn't the small system he had some experience with, but a full on event-ready sound system. The guy who was in charge told this young man that he could watch and learn. He explained what he was doing as he was preparing for the event. While he paid careful attention, the young man also helped by rolling cable and moving stands. In other words, he assisted with things he could do, while he was learning.
Once the event started, the 'teacher' became engaged with the task at hand. There was no longer time to teach and the young man began to feel in the way. He didn't believe that he was or even could be helpful. He was discouraged and became disillusioned with the opportunity.
We discussed the realities of learning. That he couldn't walk in there and start pushing buttons before he actually knew which buttons needed to be pushed. How each dial changed tone an timber and were strategic to the sounds heard by the crowd. As we talked, I explained the concept of being an apprentice.
Apprenticeships mean that it takes time to develop a true skill. You can't watch someone else for a couple of minutes and expect to learn all there is to know. It doesn't work that way. As you learn, you become more and more useful. As you invest your time, you develop knowledge and that knowledge increases each day. Asking questions and getting answers are all part of the plan. It's all about learning how to do things from someone who already knows the way. You also have to realize and understand that the person teaching you is investing their time by investing in you. Be grateful and appreciate the opportunity. Apprenticeships are important.
When choosing your mentor, your disciple maker, your Bible study leader; make sure you choose someone who is already skilled and knowledgeable. Choose someone whose eyes are opened and clearly on the Cross. Learn how to be a joyful child of God, from a joyful child of God.
Luke 6:39 MSG
"He quoted a proverb: “‘Can a blind man guide a blind man?’ Wouldn’t they both end up in the ditch? An apprentice doesn’t lecture the master. The point is to be careful who you follow as your teacher."