The Road Ahead…

The road is long and it winds. Drops. Climbs. Yet, it is taking me somewhere. The last year has been a tough one so far. Seminary has nothing to do with it.

It’s just been life…

Still, it has given me some clarity as to what I want to pursue in the future with my degree. I selected a general concentration of Christian Ministry because it gave me the freedom to pick and choose from other concentrations. Mainly, though, I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do with it.

That has changed…

I don’t think that God gives us things in our lives that can’t be used for His glory. The hard things in life can be used. I believe they are mostly used to shape me into His image. Then He wants to use it to help others be shaped in His image as well.

That’s why I have chosen to have a concentration in Biblical Counseling. While I could step down and get my M.A. in Biblical Counseling, I have decided to stay with the M.Div route because I want to be a well-rounded counselor with pastorate skills. This doesn’t narrow the future as much.

There are a lot of reasons I believe that God is leading me in this direction. I don’t have the time to write all of them down. Still, I need prayers for strength and perseverance.

One thought on “The Road Ahead…

  1. This makes me happy, Ryan. You will make a great Biblical counselor, if that’s the way God takes you. You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many 12 year olds already! I know of two boys personally. I also know how hard pursuing a degree is while working AND having a family, but God is faithful and the discipline developed in you is such a good thing. You can do it. Here’s my prayer for you: “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:9-12.

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