Well, I am about 1/3 of the way through the book Counseling and I have decided I need it. Counseling, that is. I got to the chapter called Spiritual Discipline and the Biblical Counselor, read the high calling of those who choose to speak into another’s life, and determined that yes, I fall seriously short (no surprise).
“Biblical counselors must have a growing relationship with the Lord, must be growing both in knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God, and must be aware of their potential to sin.”
The chapter outlines eight essential elements of spiritual discipline so that our encouragement to others for change and growth will be made more effective by our own growing model of the same. A growing relationship with Jesus Christ includes the following;
- know and practice accurately the Word of God
- increase knowledge of the Word with scripture memorization (boy am I in trouble!)
- grow in a correct understanding and practice of prayer
- maintain a relationship with a local body of believers
- establish and seek a correct understanding of theology
- become more like Christ (BOY am I in trouble)
- faithfully steward what God has given
Equally important in this growth is our relationship with others, our relationship with our family and spouse, and our relationship with ourselves.
My immediate reaction to this information (as seen above!) is “whew! heavy!” and “how!” The burden seemed almost overwhelming. However having read the beginning of the book, I am fully aware that it will not be because of my efforts that I grow, rather “only the Spirit can give the necessary insight and motivation for permanent change.”
Therefore….and I commit to this with fear and trepidation….I am going to use the principles set forth inCounseling, and…. counsel myself! And….to make it even more fun…I am going to BLOG about it as I do!
And you thought there was enough reality in media. Just think how lame a blog on weight loss looks now. Now where to begin…there is, after all, a lot of ground to cover in this Christ-likeness endeavor….
Day 1 Counseling the Incompetent Counselor
Pray. First and foremost I must get before the Father and ask Him to reveal to me the areas where I have replaced Him in my heart. Even though I may recognize where God is not supreme, only He can show me the root –the sin- that takes the place of Him.
I’ll let you know how it goes…
(so do you suppose I should file this blog in “Daily Demotions” or “Stuff You Don’t Really Need to Know?” hmmmm)