Much Loved Nothing

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What a blessing to have heard from Nathan Foster, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI, over the the past several weeks.  To wrap up the series I leave you with

Much Loved Nothing

The implications of being loved just as I am are staggering.  It was becoming clear that if I really understood that I was loved by God, I would have no need for pride or the crushing desire for others approval.  Knowing I was loved was liberation from myself and from my silly ambitions.  I was becoming a little child, free to explore the world with zero to prove (p.58). …

I would not rise from this experience to fight another battle the same way.  The memory of this defeat would squelch my pride.  Instead of retreating to the old lies about myself, however, I opted to let the ideas I learned on Longs sink deep into by consciousness.

  • My accomplishments didn’t matter.
  • Failure didn’t define or diminish me.
  • I could just be.
  • I was a nothing.
  • I was a much-loved nothing
  • This was liberating (p. 63).

Rising and Falling to Assumptions

Dr. Chris Wilgers is a gifted counselor with whom I worked for several years.  I once asked why his clients seemed to do so well.  He told me that when someone walks in his door, he begins to pray that God shows him what this person could be if they were healed.  Rather than asking God what is wrong with the person, Chris asks about his or her potential.  Once a  picture starts to form, he has this unique way of praying the transformation into the person.  He treats the person as if they were fully whole (p. 127).

Beauty Beyond Imagination

Much of who I am today I learned from my dad, yet I didn’t know that I was learning from him.  He used the most powerful form of education:  example (p.159).

Join me in giving a big thank-you to Nathan for the gift of sharing his story and time with us.  Great to have an Emerging Scholar such as Nathan part of the ESN mix!

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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