Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. NLT – Romans 5:2
It seems as if ministry today works with the world’s approval rather than on God’s. The church should be more like ministry and less like a business. I understand that there is business to take care during the day, but when so much time is spent performing tasks, it’s hard to fulfill a call to ministry. I believe that being a minister is not a profession, but a calling to serve others.
I really enjoyed working as part of the Unit Ministry Team (UMT) in the Army because there was a ministry of presence rather than sitting in my office waiting for people to come in. Since, my time in the military was cut short, I looked forward to an opportunity to serve Veterans in the VA system. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training will be the last I take of fulfilling that dream. I honestly believe that the Lord has prepared me for working with Vets. He had me experience things first hand so that I could better relate with those I come in contact with.
Veterans who have returned home from war, worry about the transition from the military to civilian life. Where they had once held a job before entering the military, the return home, promises nothing. The once planned future has now become a dream; the future has become uncertain. This cautiousness has not been self-imposed, but rather a mechanism acquired from the battlefield because of longer deployments and a greater exposure to combat related trauma causing Veterans to experience PTSD (Tanielian, p. 13). The difficulty with the wars fought during the last decade has been their locations, number of wars fought simultaneously and length of deployments.
Tanielian, T., Jaycox, L. H., Schell, T. L., Marshall, G. N., Burnam, M. A., Eibner, C., Karney, B. R., Meredith, L. S., Ringel, J. S., & Vaiana, M. E. (2008). Invisible wounds of war: summary and recommendations for addressing psychological and cognitive injuries. Santa Monica: RAND Corporation.
What have you gone through that the Lord can use to help others?