I had coffee with a colleague this morning and as we were saying goodbye she thanked me for my efforts to connect local Biblical Counselors together so we could encourage one another and share resources. Later this morning I reached out to another colleague to ask if I could send her contact info to another counselor I met in another state – so they could get to know each other because they have a shared area of ministry. Of course she said yes and I know they will both benefit from the connection.
I’ve had conversations with a client recently where the topic of significance came up – she wants to be significant, wants to accomplish something of significance in her life – an admirable goal. I thought about that today with regard to my own life. I can’t point to any really significant accomplishments – no great discoveries, no great financial accomplishments, no celebrity status, books written, speeches given, etc. But I kept coming back to those words above: connect, connection, connecting.
When my dear husband was alive, in spite of the incredible disability he experienced with Lou Gehrig’s disease – essentially being like a quadriplegic – one of his great accomplishments was connecting people who were researching ALS all over the world with others who were researching a similar aspect of the illness. He was a computer guy and really appreciated the fact that even though he was mostly confined to a bed and a wheelchair in a little hospital room, the whole world was available to him through the internet. Connect, connection, connecting.
Whenever he heard of or saw a need, he delighted in trying to find a connection that would help. I guess a lot of that rubbed off on me, because I’ve had the opportunity to do the same thing over the years. I have had such a large variety of life circumstances, known such a variety of people and lived in a number of different places – and now, with the internet, I’ve been able to connect with people all over the world. I love being able to connect people with each other – knowing that together they will accomplish something neither could accomplish alone.
I see this in the ministry of biblical counseling. People come with their heartaches and struggles and, by God’s grace, I attempt to connect them with wisdom from above that can help, I encourage them to connect with the means of grace and the body of Christ that can help them find their footing and thrive. Most of all, I pray I connect them with the source of all power and wisdom, our Triune God – Heavenly Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit.
And even more than that, I see what God in His wisdom, mercy and power did for each of us who know Him. He sent His son, Jesus all the way down to where we miserable sinners were…in order that He might connect us with Himself, make that miraculous connection that comes through accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin and embracing the righteousness that only comes to us through a connection with Him. And then connecting us with others – the body of Christ – who are also connected to Him.
Connect. Connection. Connecting.
Pretty significant after all.