Engage Life Faithfully Part 3

This is the final entry of a 3 part series into the Truth & Grace Counseling purpose statement.  Here are parts 1 and 2. 

Purpose Statement:

To provide clarity from a biblically informed perspective in order to help individuals engage life faithfully

In order to help Individuals

This section is going to get the least amount of coverage.  I think all counselors have a desire to help others.  We may disagree on methods or direction but I really do believe this.  I wanted to make sure to add “individuals” as my practice more so focuses on individuals as opposed to groups.  Don’t get me wrong, the family is massively important.  I believe the dismissal of the family unit is a big reason why mental health is such a big deal in our culture.  However, my focus is on individuals to be the best as they can in their role.  Whether their role is father, mother, husband, wife, employee, friend etc.  This doesn’t mean I won’t ever do marriage counseling or family counseling.  Simply this is not the focus of the practice. 

Engage Life Faithfully

Here we are.  The main part of the purpose statement lies in these last 3 words.  I am going to take each word separately for a bit. 

Engage

What comes to mind when you read the word engage?  I’m cheating a bit but I think of a young couple that has recently become engaged.  I know, I know. I added a letter there but hang in there.  What does it entail to become engaged to your future spouse?  Beyond asking for her hand in marriage you are expressing your intention to be together.  You are making a commitment for the long haul.  You are acting.  You are involved.  Action.  Action is implied in the word engage.  One does not become engaged to be married by liking the right tweets or sending a couple of texts.  No!  You have to get to know each other deeply!  

So what does this have to do with counseling?  We live in a day and age where we can have access to about anything.  If I wanted to talk to someone across the globe I easily could.  Therefore you would think it would be easier to living an engaging and active life.  Technology certainly can assist you in engagement sure!  However, as certain necessities have passed on in life the built in structures of engagement have started to disappear.  Think about life in centuries past.  You didn’t have the luxury of staying home for a mental health day.  Not if you wanted to eat.  You better get to work and plow the fields.  

I’m certainly not advocating to ditch all modern luxuries.  However, I do believe we need to be much more intentional about living active and engaging lifestyles.  This doesn’t have to be complicated.  It might mean intentionally turning the phone off at night to talk with your wife.  Or taking the kids on a hiking adventure.  Maybe it means switching your kids to homeschooling and engaging in their education.  It might mean you open God’s word more often and be more involved in your church.  I can’t answer this for you.  But what I can say is it takes action.  It takes being intentional with your desire to engage the life ahead of you.

Life

Everyone reading this has life.  We were all brought into this world.  However, we will all be brought out of this world.  In the grand scheme of things we live relatively short lives.  I think all of you reading could tell me your grandparents names.  You probably had close significant relationships with them.  But what about your great grandparents?  What about your great great grandparents or your great great great grandparents?  Maybe you have an ancestry.com account and can actually answer this but I bet most of you can only go back 2 or 3 generations.  

yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14 ESV

We have such a short time on this earth.  Let us not waste it on meaningless things.  Let us not waste it on pursuing sinful desires.  Wouldn’t it be great that your kids, grandkids, great grandkids etc. can share the legacy you passed down?  I want to emphasize how important it is to look beyond the moment and to see the big picture of what your life is and what it can become. 

Faithfully

I’m sure you have seen commercials promising a life full of riches and pleasure.  Maybe you even follow some “Christian” leaders that promise an easy life if only you pray for it.  The true Life I talked about in the last section can only come from Christ.  John 14:6 says “I am the Way the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

In order to live the Christian life you must do so by faith.  Galations 2:16 reads 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

There is plenty of wisdom in the Psalms and Proverbs of using common sense, hard work and other similar means.  I don’t mean to discount that at all.  However, the field of psychology often times tends to lend itself towards a self help type of mentality that we can do it all on our own.  

I do not believe this.  I absolutely believe coping skills, relaxation techniques, and other psychological concepts have merit.  Absolutely!  But you can master all of these and still not get to the root cause of evil in this world.  That simply is sin.  You cannot live a truly fruitful life without repentance of sin.  I cannot provide this faith for you.  No counselor can.  Only Christ can.  This practice will emphasize doing everything on your own while it may be helpful, it cannot lead to true repentance.  Only the “Wonderful Counselor” can do that. 


Thank you!

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