Counseling vs. CoachingWe all know that coaching is different than counseling. Counseling works on the "why" of human behavior and delves into the past, often addressing experiences and conditions that cause emotional pain that is hard to get past. We all know of people in our lives that we have encountered that have their issues, and we have been there as well. Some of us are still working through some issues of various kinds. Some are stuck in the pain of the past and use various methods to cope with the pain, whether it be blaming others, misusing drugs or alcohol, debilitating depression, even physical ailments, not to mention emotional issues that affect their happiness and impacting their relationships and quality of life.
On this side of the grave, we all have something that needs work in our lives, be it emotional, spiritual, social or physical development. Yes, we are all made in the Image and likeness of God, yet generational sin, bad habits, etc., throws mud on that Image and so the work begins to be cleansed and live the life God has called us to, a life of fulfillment and purpose, giving us energy and joy as we live out of the charisms we were given by our Maker. Counseling, spiritual direction, confession, making use of the grace of the sacraments do so much to help see who we are, where we have come and how badly we must depend upon the Lord for our very life.
Spending time reflecting on the pain in one's life can, and does aid in the healing process one must go through. It's allowing the Lord, our Good Shepherd, the opportunity to look us over, see the mess we are in, and tenderly touch and heal our wounds. It's so important to spend some time there, allowing His love to pour over us and comfort us in the protection of His loving arms. I'm reminded of a song by Twila Paris, The Warrior is a Child. Oh, what a blessing we have, belonging to such a Loving God!
There also comes a time, however, where we must come down off that mountain top and re-engage with the world. We are to seek out the Lord's will for our lives and do our part in helping "thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven". Spiritual direction is certainly an important role in this arena, as is a good Christian therapist, who not only helps one embrace their cross, with humility, but to also see that there is still much to do on the other side of the pain. When one is ready to take the steps of discovery, with they eye toward making and achieving one's goals, while staying close to the Lord as He directs our steps, Christian Life Coaching can help make a difference.as we are promised a "hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).
Hebrews 12:1-3 speaks of Jesus as our example, regarding keeping our eyes focused ahead despite the obstacles and trials that come, for God has a greater purpose and He wants us to play a valuable part in it:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I would be honored to walk along side of you as you begin this journey of discovery, becoming aware and using the many gifts God has provided to make your journey one that holds great satisfaction and joy.