Friday, September 5, 2008

Struggle Is a Holy Word

Mark Wheeler is the parent of a new Gordon student. Recently (ah, the wonders of RSS!) we ran across this post on his fine blog, On Target:
“Last week Carol and I were in Boston helping our youngest daughter get settled into the dorm at Gordon College. During one of the sessions for parents, Dr. Judson and Mrs. Jan Carlberg shared some words of encouragement. Jan Carlberg used the phrase ‘Struggle is a holy word.’ As parents our desire is to smooth out the path for our children. We want to shield them from pain. When a child calls home to say they are not getting along with their college roommate, we want to storm the administration to demand a change. When that same child says they are unhappy after the first week of school and wonder if they made the right decision to go away to college, we want to jump in the car or on a plane and bring them home forthwith. Yet, when we do that, we often stunt our children’s growth because we don’t allow them to struggle.”
Mark Wheeler is “a husband, father, pastor, teacher, author and wannabe theologian” living in the Pacific Northwest. Mark serves as the senior pastor of the United Evangelical Free Church in Seattle, Washington, and also serves as an instructor for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries.
Mark’s blog includes links to some of his articles. I particularly recommend “When You Feel like a Failure.”

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