A paper I wrote for my Theology class. This is my goal in becoming a counselor.
My chosen vocation is Psychology/Counseling. My goal, as a psychologist, is to help people realize their fullest potential as a human being. Many people are wounded, broken and hurting. My job, as a counselor, is to help people heal from mental illness and emotional injuries. My hope is that people will realize their value in Christ. The passage that has been most instrumental to my own healing, and one that I hold near and dear to my heart is Isaiah 61. I plan to use this verse as a guideline for my business because I believe that in Christ he brings us hope and healing because that was his mission here on Earth. I believe that it is the mission he has left us with as his disciples.
“…He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, [t]o proclaim liberty to captives [a]nd freedom to prisoners;” (Isaiah 61:1b). This is my primary objective. I see my job as a healer, helping people recover from spiritual, emotional, and mental wounds. When I read this verse, it reminds me of how a doctor would wrap a broken arm, or stitch a deep cut closed. The same applies for a broken heart or a spirit that has been cut. I would love to be able to instill in people that Jesus came and died, not just for our sins, but to heal our wounds and make us whole. The result of the Fall is that man is separated from one another as well as from God. This divide creates abuse, neglect, abandonment, fear, hurt, and so many more negative impacts on a person. When we accept Christ’s death and resurrection for the atonement of our sins, we restore our relationship with God. This restored relationship will allow us to restore our relationships with one another. We will learn to build one another up, instead of tear one another down. Bring hope and life, rather than failure and death. Words can curse or bless, my goal is to teach people how to bring life with their words instead of curses and death.
Another passage that I feel is important in helping people in their healing is Psalm 139. This passage talks a lot about the individual’s value in God’s eyes. Phrases like, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (139:14) and “You formed my inner parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb.” (139:13) I want to impress upon people, more than anything else, that God loves them and that he created them, like an artist creates a masterpiece. I think the most important thing we can do is learn to like ourselves for who we are. People compare themselves to one another constantly. We have competitions to determine the smartest, strongest, bravest, most beautiful, and the list goes on and on. We want to be the best so everyone will love us. My motto for life is that I may not be the best at anything, but I’m the best me I can be. When we stop looking at other people and their skills and abilities, and look towards God, he will give us purpose and what we look like to everyone else won’t matter. One of the blogs I follow recently talked about the way we talk about ourselves. If we really sat and listened to ourselves it’s no wonder we don’t like ourselves. If I spoke to my friends the way I talk to myself, I wouldn’t have any friends. People overlook their friends’ faults and shortcomings and love them for who they are, why can’t we do the same thing for ourselves?
We often talk about how Jesus gave the two greatest commandments, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31) I believe that in the second commandment is hidden a third, we are to love ourselves. We can’t love our neighbor as ourselves if we don’t love ourselves. I feel that my job as a Psychologist is to help people restore their relationship with God so that they can begin the process of healing themselves and restoring and renewing their relationships with the people in their lives.