Paul does design work in the housing industry. Someone else works with customers who want cabinets. Those dreams and dimensions come to Paul. He takes spaces and figures out how cabinets will fit in them.
A new guy is sitting with him these days. He’s learning how to do this work, too. Paul said, “Part of my work happens inside my head, as I look and plan and adjust the drawings in my head. But then I realize that the new guy can’t see in my head.”
Paul has to explain the processing to the new guy. Not just the process. The processing. How Paul looks at a situation and his experience with design and with installation and with the product and with the customer and brings them together.
It’s hard to explain this. But the better Paul explains, the more successful the new guy will be at understanding that processing is necessary. That this work takes reflection. That what happens when the fingers are off the keyboard is as important as what happens when they are entering dimensions.
Paul gets this.
So did, I think, another Paul who reminded his apprentice Timothy that Paul had lived his life in a transparent way. Timothy got to see the work and the teaching and the struggles and the testing and the wrong and right responses.
The risk with lots of people who talk about following Jesus is that we don’t do a very good job of explaining the inside part. We focus on the actions which are easy to measure and criticize. We don’t explain how we process.
But maybe I could say more often, “I’m not sure how these two pieces fit together.” Or “I’ve been working on understanding this for a couple months, what do you think?”