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