In this way, the only way to become physically strong is to become weak. This is the paradox of weight training.

This same principle applies to spiritual matters, as well.  Dr. Chadwick references Matthew 5:2, which reads: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall receive the kingdom of God.” This theme appears throughout the Bible, and for good reason—it is only when we let go of our ego and self-centered desires that God can work through us.

We must be willing to be broken down, like a muscle, so that God can powerfully work through us, building us back up as we should be. After all, God has an infinite view, and sees all ends. He knows what where we should go, what we should do, and how we should do it so much better than we ever could.

A Final Word From Dad

Throughout his book, Dr. Chadwick mentions small lessons from his father, who was also a pastor. One of the most important involved the prophet Jeremiah’s disciple, Baruch.

When we follow the lessons Dr. Chadwick writes of, we begin to draw closer to God. That doesn’t necessarily mean that our lives will improve, but this change can, at times, bring with it a sort of unhealthy pride, and we can begin to feel better than those around us who are not as “enlightened.” The lesson of Baruch, however, keeps that holy pride in check.

Baruch was Jeremiah’s pupil, and his likely successor, but in 45:5, Jeremiah tells him, “Do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not.”

Dr. Chadwick’s father used this small story to show his son that the ministry is not the place to seek greatness for oneself—it is the place to glorify God.

And so when you gain a greater understanding of God’s will through Dr. Chadwick’s work, remember this final lesson of humility above all else. Don’t be that skilled, professional player who’s constantly taunting the other team, shunning his own teammates, and acting out outside of the court.

Those aren’t the players who change the world. So take Dr. Chadwick’s advice and listen to the Big Coach upstairs. Let God be your guide, and you’ll leave a mark on the world that will never fade.


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