Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to interview Lance Lee, for the film project “Full Sail.” Back in the 1970s, Lance started the Apprenticeshop at what is now the Maine Maritime Museum, in Bath, Maine. Today he continues to work with people and boats, from his oceanside home in Rockland.
Lance is an educator. If the saying is true– that “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”– then Lance is an educator on the side of fire. He wants to inspire people, and change lives.
This kind of teacher is a gift because– to paraphrase Howard Thurman– what the world needs is people who have come alive. (Full quote: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”) Good teaching invites us to find out what makes us come alive, challenges us to confront the fears that hold us back, and encourages us to live to that standard. Failure is not defeat, but the opportunity to begin again.
Jesus’ teaching and healing were on this line. A church worthy of Jesus is a place where people learn and grow, fail, forgive, and start over.
“The things we’re anxious to see restored are craftsmanship, human energy, a concern with the quality of whatever is being done, and the sort of long-range thinking that involves people in pride-creating endeavors.” – Lance Lee