You’re a counselor and you’ve got a lot of difficult situations to handle. Life is not easy, most of the time, your counseling load can be a lot to deal with—bad marriages, eating disorders, guys trapped in pornography, workaholics, women abused by their fathers, and the list goes on and on. Like anyone else, you can be discouraged because change can be slow. Sometimes really slow.Sometimes, impossibly slow.
Like anyone else, you can be prone to discouragement.
“Is God really working?”
“Am I doing anyone any good?”
“Maybe I just shouldn’t be doing this if no one gets better?”
“Where is God in all of this?”
Being a counselor is like standing in a mud swamp, with other people’s muck up to your ankles (maybe even your knees!). You live in the world of other people’s burdens, and that can be really hard to endure day-to-day.
Hopelessness is a deadly weapon of the evil one. No one—counselor, counselee alike—can survive without hope. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12).
God knows that you and I need daily doses of hope. As a counselor, you’ve got a high tolerance for spiritual and emotional messiness, but no counselor can survive without hope.
For those of you who are growing tired and weary, remember the words of the apostle Paul:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:9-10).
Not all the time, but occasionally, God gives you a situation which changes right before your eyes. You’re reminded that God’s truth really can change lives. You’re encouraged to see someone’s life revitalized and their hope restored. You’re thrilled to be used as an instrument of God’s grace. It reminds you why you became a biblical counselor in the first place—to help people see and know the love of Christ.
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As a biblical counselor, where do you find hope?