These days, aside from spending big chunks of time preparing sermons, I am also being used to counsel people in our faith family and few outside. On average, 4-5 people per week. On the one hand, I would say half are pretty light, even humorous counseling sessions with just some simple reminders. On the other hand, there have been many intense situations so far this year that required much time (+3 hours per), grace, and wisdom.
Could you pray for me (especially, if I am one of your pastors)? You could pray for the following.
- Continual joy as a servant (so far so good, but I don’t want to burn out emotionally)
- Gospel wisdom not human wisdom (that I would never counsel anyone without the Gospel)
- Wisdom to complete an on-going project of launching the counseling ministry at faith church (Sept 2010)
I love the following quotes that has kept me focused on the goal and fueled my desire of counseling in my ministry.
All counseling issues involve the exaltation or the denigration of Jesus Christ. Either our attitudes and feelings and behaviors are making much or making little of Christ. We were created to make much of Christ. There is no true success in counseling if a person becomes socially functional without conscious dependence on and delight in Jesus Christ. This is the means and goal of all health. John Piper
Biblical Counseling must go to the heart of our problems and the heart of God’s solution, which always means going to the cross where the depths of sin and the heights of grace are revealed. There is no true exalting of Christ or honoring of God that does not cherish the cross. The decisive severing of pride and despair is the cross of Christ. It is the ground of humility and hope. There is no true mental health without understanding the desperate condition we were in without the cross, and without feeling the joy of deliverance from that condition through the death of Christ on our behalf. John Piper