I can’t accurately count how many times this question has been directed at me since Thanksgiving. Granted, at the typing of this article, we are smack in the midst of the busiest season of the year. Thus, I have been to a few family gatherings, some different church functions, school concerts and sporting events, and some cherished time with friends; it matters not where I go, I am getting the question.
Being asked the question is not the problem. The problem lies with the answer; actually it is the lack of an answer. When was your last God moment? That should be part of or the main focus of an answer to the question of “what’s new”. Then, why is it that I struggle with the question?
Beacon of Hope is primed for something big, something extraordinary, and something magnificent; after all, we have just come off the largest service year in our history. In fact, the numbers were not even close to second or third place, which happened the previous two years. Our ministry provided 7,481 counseling sessions, spread out over 5 sites in Michigan. Ok, so is that new? Well, actually it is not, because those data points end at the end of our fiscal year, which is June 30. Begs to ask the question, what have you done lately?
Lately, well, let me see, I’ve been asking myself what’s new. The desk I am sitting at is new. The chair I am sitting in is new. The table, couch, and three other chairs in my current space are all new. Walk out the door, the room to the left has new tables, the next room has a new desk, table, and chairs. Our conference room has new tables. Our employee lounge/work area has all new furniture. All this new completes the finishing of Phase II at our Holland office. (I have to stop here and give another big thank you to Haworth for all that new furniture – we love it!).
Hence we have new office space; now that is literally new! The question has been answered, but I am not satisfied; another question comes to mind – what is next? Where is Beacon of Hope going? In order to go somewhere, it is best to see a path (have vision). God knows the path and has placed the vision on our hearts. Now is the time for action. Let’s get something done, but not just anything, something God-sized.
How is something God-sized? The simple answer is that anything you or your team does is destined for failure unless God is in it. Is God in it? Have we asked Him to be a part of it? I can’t see very far down the path, but I trust God, and I know He is with us. Consequently, 2019 must be full of obedience. We’ll all have blind spots – trust God. We will all have trials – trust God. I don’t know what 2019 will bring – trust God. Opportunities will abound in 2019, may we all enjoy all we have and focus on trusting God and obeying His ways. Therefore, let us focus on the old sacred hymn – trust God! https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/582
Not a doubt or a fear, Not a sigh or a tear, Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, Not a grief or a loss, Not a frown or a cross…
Subsequently, Beacon of Hope will continue to provide Master level, state licensed counseling services without fees. We will trust and obey, for there is no other way. Our obedience will help connect our clients to the favor He shows, and the joy He bestows. What He says, we will do; where He sends, we will go.
Looking forward to seeing where God sends us in 2019. Remember to buckle up, because sometimes the road gets a little bumpy – but for those of us who trust God, ultimately, we will be just fine!
Kyle Thompson EdD, LPC