The Fallacy of Letting Go

One Pentecostal's Journey

Let it Go! Contrary to what you might think, this blog is not about a certain song that won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2014. Instead, I am referring to a phrase that Americans commonly use in response to a person’s pain. These words are often spoken when the listener believes it is time for the one in need of care to simply move on. This phrase may be heard when someone is experiencing a loss, and the listener deems that the grieving has continued long enough.

Unfortunately, those three words “let it go” may unintentionally inflict more pain on the bereaved. They imply that the bereaved has the power to instantly release the pain. These words may communicate, “It’s your own fault that you are hurting.” In some instances, the griever may hear that the pain is not important, demonstrating a lack of respect for the other.

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typical mistakes NT Greek students make

From Dave Black:

The biggest mistakes students make are:

  • Failing to be able to read Greek aloud. (English pronunciation is much harder than Greek.)
  • Forgetting their paradigms.
  • Looking at the word (rather than the morpheme) as the minimal unit of meaning in language.
  • Believing that immersion means speaking Greek with a native Koine speaker. (There ain’t none.)
  • Getting frustrated when listening to the smart guys recite Greek. (Be yourself. Do your best. Race at your own speed. Remember 1 Cor. 12:6: “God is the one who works all things in all people,” so there’s no need ever to compare yourself with anyone else. Trust Him for the results.)
  • Believing that it has to be hard. (Greek grammar is actually very logical and perfectly learnable. It’s us teachers who most often get in the way.)
  • Failing to focus on the big picture. (As in: THE GOAL. It isn’t just using Greek to help you read a commentary. It’s to be able to read and understand the text without even translating it.)

Friend, if you’re struggling to learn Greek, you’re not alone. I lasted a mere three weeks in my beginning class at Biola before dropping. Way over my head! A year later, I was teaching 11 units of Greek at the same university. To master Greek, your brain is required to work in brand new ways, such as constructing new cognitive frameworks. Take a tip from an old geezer: Focus on your goals. Enjoy moments of fresh discovery. Get surrounded (there are many teachers who are using my grammar. Check them out on YouTube when you need a change of pace.) Make peace with your imperfections and/or lack of language aptitude. At the same time, no excuses! What matters in the long run is not aptitude but commitment!