I missed getting my pic with you, Henry. Maybe next time. 🙂
The world that my children and grandchildren are growing up in must be mind-blowing. Things that as a child had never been exposed to, are taken for granted, today. One look at the Super Bowl commercials says it all.
However, the basics are the same. In order to grow, one must be truthful with themselves, be a person of God, willing to hear or discover the truth, be honest with themselves of their abilities when discovering the gifts of the Spirit, and be an active participant in their life.
One way to allow a person in counseling to experience is to add spiritual disciplines into their lives. Create a routine, journal, reflect on both positive and negative experiences and explore why certain choices are of good character, bad character or simply ignorance. Be upfront with your client that they will need to be willing to hear the truth about themselves from themselves, as described on page 358 of Cloud and Townsend (2001), book.
God is the God of truth. (p. 319) Developing a relationship with the Father is an important basis. The closer you are to God the closer you are to the truth. We apply this in the disciplines mentioned above. Teach them how to hear God’s call and follow it by teaching them how to interpret Scripture.
Teach them that Jesus said to those who believe and knock the door will be opened. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Mathew 7:7, NIV)
Ask our client to read select scripture over and over and have them report on what God is saying to them. If we’re trusting in the Lord, we have nothing to fear, for Jesus never fails.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (Peter 5:7, NIV)
Patience is a spiritual gift; in fact, it is one of the nine spiritual gifts that we read about in Galatians 5:22-23. We must be willing to re-read scripture. I personally have gotten several messages of truth through re-reading passages that I have already read and continue to do so.
Growth requires trust in God, discipline, and patience a willingness to want to grow and an open mind when realizing your strengths and weaknesses.
Cloud H., & Townsend, J. (2001). How people grow: What the Bible reveals about personal growth. Peabody, MA: Zondervan Publishing House.