When I tell people I am heading to Lafayette, Indiana for a biblical counseling conference, the most predictable response is a polite “that’s nice” and then they turn to their regular activities with that quizzical look that makes me think they are wondering…why? So, before I even arrive in Lafayette, I thought it might be a good idea to at least answer the question why…after all, many of you might be asking how same question.
The answer is actually not that difficult, it’s all around me (and it’s all around you). The answer is people. I am going to learn more about how to counsel from the Bible because I am convinced it is what people need. Most people don’t think they need it, most people don’t even want it, but when they do, I want to be ready.
I want to be able to open the scriptures to show the single mother of autistic children the hope that is hers. I want to help young men struggling with same sex attraction see the help offered in God’s word. I want to use the scriptures to expose the idols that drive men to pornography. I want the fearful mother who smothers her kids and controls her husband to see the answers to her fears in the scriptures…and on and on it goes. If you’re a person, you have problems. And if (I mean since) you have problems, then God’s Word has answers.
Biblical counseling is simply the discipline of opening the scriptures to offer help and hope to hurting, struggling people. That probably sounds easy, but it isn’t. It requires wisdom. And the folks teaching at this conference have a collective wisdom that comes from knowing God, from knowing the scriptures and from knowing people that makes their insights valuable and helpful.
I hope that helps you understand why I’m here…can’t wait to start learning…first things first however…I need to get to Indiana (I’m still in New York).
Let’s talk again tomorrow…