Today and following, Fridays will be a blog given to counseling themes. Picture "I'll tell you my dysfunctions if you'll tell me yours." Whoa. Don't hit that escape button. You don't have to share a thing. Your stuff can remain forever hidden. I totally understand and relate to how much we come to love our stuff; even the ugly emotional stuff. It's ours. It's familiar. It's comfortable. It's all I know. Plus, you don't understand my life and problems (stuff). No, but He does and He longs to design a brand new thing. Remember our butterfly blog.
What I want Him to weave into the fabric of our counseling quilt is hope. His Heart Our Hope. If you love quilts as I do then perhaps you will share one square with your name written on it. Send me private messages that can remain anonymous, and know this, your struggles, not mine, may resemble the patch of another person's life thereby making you the perfect voice of hope. So let's begin.
During the 70's while attending a small Baptist church in the Dallas area, I was guided through the new world of counseling by my pastor, Dr. Larry Williams. After leaving "church ministry" he began a successful "people counseling ministry" and is still practicing in North Dallas. Looking back I fondly remember the sweet little sheep that we were, dysfunctions and all. Little did we know that we would help Larry to hone his unique counseling skills that would help change lives. Some of us were pitiful looking onions during our first sessions, but with time and patience (on his part) God began to peel away the bruised layers to reveal a healthier version of our long-ago self. Before the arrows of life pierced our heart and brought infection to our soul. The peeling process was painful, just shy of horrific. It hurts to let go of our stuff.
Credible and wise counselors do not force you to let go. We create an atmosphere of love and acceptance, a safe place where in time you realize you can trust your heart story to another. Christian counselors are committed first to God and His Word, and then to those He places within our care. It's His ministry after all. He is the Perfect Counselor and longs to set people free. Until next Friday I leave us with this:
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10