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.