In Competent Christian Counseling (2002), Clinton and Ohlschlager explain the three phases of the counseling process (p.63-64). Phase two caught my attention: “Phase Two: Developing a vision for a transformed living. This phase (…) helps clients define and own what they want. Goals are specified, and resources are employed to achieve them” (p. 64). I believe this is one of the major challenges counselors have to face in their profession. As Christians, God has called us to do something. It is not all about what we want, but what our Heavenly Father has planned for us. We struggle to give God the ownership of our lives. Our society is so centered on people and our selfish nature. We, human, have developed a society where we demand we have rights and freedom. However, God tells us: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). I believe this verse directly applies to us as counselors, but it must also apply to our counselees as they try to reflect on their past and draw goals for a new life. Drs. Clinton and Ohlschlager well state, “we have a universal moral standard of truth that is embodied in the person of Christ” (p. 64). I agree with the authors that the scriptures and the life of Christ should be our ultimate resource and our inspiration as we help our counselees specify their goals for their lives.
Clinton, T and Ohlschlager, G. (2002). Competent Christian Counseling (Vol.1). Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press.