Since I was a teenager, probably around 7th grade, I have wanted to be a counselor. It switched a couple times over the years, but I always came back. Now, 12 years later at age 25, that dream, that calling that I felt on my life WAY BACK then, is becoming a reality. On May 5th, I graduated from Grace University with my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I remember in high school, a visitor at church spoke the prophetic word of counselor over me, and I cherished that moment, thinking how could he know- it must be God.
At a staff meeting a little while ago, two people got a similar word and said that it was a word for more than just one person.
They said that the things you have been persevering for, will finally come to fruition.
At first, I didn’t think it really applied to me, until I got that little nudge that said, “that’s YOU.” It is me. This long awaited goal, 12 years in the making, is about to be realized.
Now that I think about it, I have no idea what I would do now, if I set a 12 year goal. Somehow, because I took it in small chunks, it seemed like a breeze. Plus, life happens while we are setting and achieving goals.
Life happens in the midst of realizing our dreams.
God gave me this dream. In some ways I had absolutely no idea how much work or how long it would take to get to this point. It definitely did NOT look the way I had envisioned it looking. I didn’t know I would stay in Omaha this long, or even find a church family and job to help me through grad school. I had no idea that I would get married towards the end (I thought it would be way sooner… and then thought maybe way later).
Nonetheless, I persisted, and God carried me through. Through heartache, numerous jobs, friends, living arrangements, and travels. Through doubt, wanting to have some kind of quick fix, or to stop accumulating school bills. I’m naturally an achiever, but this was a long term achievement, one that will even now extends long past graduation. I wanted to achieve things NOW– in the workplace or finances or family – yet everyone else around me had already begun living their focus. Mine was still a little farther off.
I’ve heard it said that “comparison is the thief of joy.” (Theadore Roosevelt), and at times, I let those comparisons steal my joy. When I was up late doing homework, seeing other friends or acquaintances going out. I was working hard and paying school bills on top of regular life expenses, when others were working towards buying houses or new cars.
Your season may not be the same as another’s, and your calling is absolutely unique to you and who God has created you to be.
Do you have a long term dream or goal?
Has something been placed within you long ago that is slowly coming to fruition?
What are the baby steps you need to take to get there? How can you EMBRACE CALLING in your life today?
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So proud of your persistence and perseverance through it all. Excited to see God work in your life and your new career! Love you dear!
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We are so thankful that the LORD instilled a passion in your heart for counseling, gave you the gifts to excel at it, and provided for you along the 12-year journey. It is amazing to look back and see where you were at and what God was doing each step of the way. May these “stones of remembrance” propel you forward as you delve deeper into the challenges of broken people in a broken world and battle to help them to “be transformed by the renewing of [their] minds…” so that they may “…be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
Ben & Addison (+Shalom)
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