On Failure and Beauty

By: Tom Grosh IV, DMin

January 8, 2020

by Thomas B. Grosh, IV

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4, ESV).

On failure and beauty, Justin Whitney Earley’s epilogue to The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction provides timely insights for beginning a new year.

“Life is not about our failures or successes. It is not about what we have done—it is about what God has done.” — Justin Whitmel Earley, author of The Common Rule: Creating Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction


Please join me in taking a few minutes first to thank the Lord for His work in 2019 and then to offer 2020 to the Lord. Remind yourself that you are entrusting the new year to the Lord not only in word, but also with head, heart, hands and habits. If you have not already done such, I encourage you to find an individual and/or a small group to hold you accountable in seeking after the ways of the Lord in an age of distraction. If there is sin separating you from the Lord and/or members of the body of Christ as you begin the new year, take time to confess the sin and engage in reconciliation. If you find reconciliation difficult, seek counsel from a trusted ministry leader.

Forgive us for how easily we turn away from your beauty to “me.” Transform our lives in 2020 that we may grow more and more in the likeness of the self-sacrificing Christ child. Equip us with your armor — the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of readiness given by the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. We acknowledge that it is by your strength alone that we stand against the schemes of the devil, extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one, and grow in Christ-likeness in an age of distraction. Toward that end, keep us alert with all perseverance, remind us to regularly pray for and encourage one-another, focus us upon you as we share the gospel in word and deed, and continually draw us closer to you. Infuse in us a longing to gaze upon your beauty, not losing sight that 2020’s all about you.

About Tom Grosh IV, DMin

Through a decade of interactions with current and future healthcare professionals as a CMDA affiliate staff at the Penn State College of Medicine's Christian Medical Society (CMS) / CMDA, the Lord ignited in Tom Grosh IV a passion to devote his next season of ministry to transforming lives with the Gospel through healthcare. Tom brings to CMDA in South Central PA over 20 years of experience with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA. Most recently he served as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network (2012-2018). His responsibilities included conferencing, digital ministries, fund development, networking, and resource development. Tom has completed a B.S. in Biology (Grove City College), a M.A. in Higher Education (Geneva College), a M.A.R. in Spiritual Formation (Evangelical Seminary), and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction (Evangelical Seminary), and a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry to Emerging Generations (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). He is licensed in the Brethren in Christ Church, U.S. Tom and his wife Theresa grew up in Lancaster County, PA. They met while attending Donegal High School. Currently, Tom and Theresa are active members of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, where they serve in a number of ministry capacities. The Lord has blessed them with four children: Hayley, Ellen, Eden, and Lily.

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