Saturday, June 22, 2013
Yesterday I received some news that I have been waiting for. An email was delivered to me with the results of an exam I took to complete a certification in Biblical Counseling. Don't get too excited...it is not THAT big of a deal, but it did take over a year for me to complete the work and honestly, I am quite relieved that it is over. Almost two years ago, the church that I attend thought it would be a great idea to equip their "Home Group Coaches" with a (level 1) Biblical Counseling certification. It is a good idea, but what happened was that several of those who serve in this capacity found the time frame a bit more intense that what they could actually do. Myself, and a few women barreled through (and I think about two or three couples) and the work is now complete! Whew!
As I ponder this completion, I have to snicker to myself. "What does this actually mean?" and "What am I really going to do with this?" As I worked on process papers, exams, and progress notes (yes, I had to actually "counsel" someone for twelve weeks), the same questions kept rolling through my mind. Then I would have thoughts like, "There is no way that I will pass this course. I can't remember God's word when I am in my own crisis....how in the world will I ever really apply this stuff?" But I kept working toward the goal.
I can't answer any of those questions, still. But, I can say that I have passed the course to the glory of God and that is all that matters. He chose me to participate. I did not. He provided the opportunity. I did not seek it out. He paid for it. I paid nothing. Therefore, I trust that He already knows what I will need this information for and that since He is the one who equipped me, He will give me all I need when He decides to use it.
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