I recently had a conversation with the professor who teaches the class I’m auditing.

In dialoguing about potential doctoral studies, I lamented that my Greek was terrible, that everything I’ve learned has pretty much flown the neuronal coop, and that this would be a significant barrier if I wanted to get a PhD in New Testament.

He responded:

“It’s only an obstacle if you don’t have the opportunity to do something about it.”

I responded:

This simple reply has made me question numerous excuses I’ve made in my life (PhD aside), and has forced me to reflect on feelings of entitlement, self-pity, and self-justification.

Needless to say, I’m continuing to challenge my definition of “obstacle.”


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