Piper's Encouragement to Those Learning a Second Language

Risk is right, but it's also hard — or at least it is when it involves learning a second language.

Many Christians who have answered a compelling call to the nations soon find themselves in a perpetual plod of learning how to talk all over again. It is tiresome, even discouraging. And John Piper knows how it feels.

Studying at the University of Munich in the 70's, Piper had to learn German from scratch. In this three-minute video, he reflects on that season and offers a word of encouragement to press on and look to God:

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead planter of Cities Church in Minneapolis–St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary, author of Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Christian Life, and co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.