I’ve now finished about half of my academic curriculum at SPU in Marriage & Family Therapy. I have, however, about two years to go including all the impending practicum and internship hours. This augmenting of my ministry calling and career has been an inspiring, though sometimes tiring, experience.
One overarching insight about being a “therapist”: it will be the first thing I have ever done professionally that primarily serves a temporal interest–a value in “this life” rather than for “eternal life.” Everything else I’ve ever done in the ministry–evangelism, teaching, counseling, training, discipling–has pointed more towards eternal things: how and in what condition we get to heaven.
And so this endeavor has helped me see the world through the lens of most of our members–doing the kind of work (accounting, engineering, computing, teaching, whatever) that does not directly connect to the life that is to come, but rather serves the temporal times in which God has placed us for now. It’s different. But it’s normal.
Perhaps then, indirectly, we labor for our own stewardship, which has eternal value for our character, and potentially eternal value for those we serve and work with.