The Time Factor

We once had a student who never smiled. Ever. A barrier or an opportunity? If our goal is “a smile by the end of today’s session,” we’ll be disappointed. Most things take time. Seeds to trees, babies to adults, first pages to finished manuscripts. A frowning student in September can be a healthier person by April. Love is patient. Dish it out liberally — and give it time.

Now we have a student who is quietly and gradually coming off the rails. Withdrawing from meaningful conversation, cooling spiritually, and making troubling choices. We’ve begun praying for him. Specific prayers for hedges around his life and the warming in his heart. He may not be a new man this Sunday, but we’re optimistic about this summer.

Keep at it.

Published by Paul Santhouse

I’m a husband and father, follower of Jesus Christ, and member of the Moody Publishers team. I've worked with gifted authors and their books for thirty-plus years, and I believe the local church is where we become the kind of people who reveal what Jesus is like. Since this is my personal blog, the views and opinions expressed herein are my own, not those of my employer. However — books, publishing, the work of the church, and learning to follow Jesus are central to my daily experience, so that's what this blog is about. Thanks for visiting! Paul

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