We 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 novels. 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.