I have dreams. Crazy wild dreams. Dreams many would say are impossible. But not with God. Nothing is impossible.
I once heard someone say that if you give something away, people won’t value it. That a free gift can’t possibly be worth something. For a moment I ascribed to this theory until I realized the greater truth. A free gift can be worth something depending on the heart of the giver. If the giver only values giving something away to get it off their hands, well then yes it likely isn’t worth much. If the giver gives with confidence and haste it leads us to question their motives, as true giving often requires sacrifice. But if a giver gives hesitantly but without reproach, willing to sacrifice something of great value to help someone else, well then the gift is worth much and freedom indeed can come attached to such gift.
Such is the gift of the cross. Given freely, the greatest gift of all. The salvation of humanity. A free gift can indeed be worth something depending on the heart of the giver.
I want to give away counseling in my hometown. Sound Biblical theory based Christian counseling to those who cannot afford it. Not that I do not want an investment from them. I do. But I want to offer the option of paying whatever they can pay. Whatever their current circumstances will allow. Which may be different from week to week, and I am okay with that.
I am okay with that but my bank account is not. It says I need a steady paycheck and in order to keep the lights on in my own home I should require more of said people, as a service valuable is worth charging for. And on so many points I agree, yet my heart disagrees. I can’t stand to see one more victim of human trafficking or domestic violence or sexual abuse writhe in pain because she cannot afford to pay a therapist. A gift I want to offer her is the gift of freedom through Him, offered freely indeed.
And so the lines of counseling and religion and freedom become blurred and yet in certain cases I think this is good. Theories get you far and are vastly useful when dealing with mental health issues but there is only one heart freedom setter. If The Lord sets you free you shall be free indeed. That’s my Jesus.
And so Lord willing I place my feet where he would have me go. Darkness lies before me as I cannot see the path he has planned, but I do know one thing. One small verse filled with gigantic truth. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Joshua 1:3.
Every place I set my foot has been pre-ordained by Him as preparation for the next phase of living. For His ministry. For His will. He knows the logistics. The wheres and the whens. My job is as simple as this. Daily obedience, and being still enough to listen. Having ears that are open and available to the promptings of His Word. My freedom based counseling center may or may not come to fruition but I believe God has His hand in it. And in His time, I will see His will done.
And maybe you are a dreamer too. And though the ground you walk on seems unsteady at best, it is God who makes the ground manageable. Who blesses each and every step your feet take in His will. And as we trust His timing and seek Him in the midst of waiting and misunderstanding, He will lead us to the fruit if it all. The promised Holy land. On earth and in heaven. His will is and will be done. May we seek it Lord, and may every place we set our feet be promised to You indeed.