For His Glory: Mission And Vision of the Smetzer Counseling Center of the Ashland Theological Seminary -- By: Michael Reuschling

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 33:0 (NA 2001)
Article: For His Glory: Mission And Vision of the Smetzer Counseling Center of the Ashland Theological Seminary
Author: Michael Reuschling


For His Glory:
Mission And Vision of the Smetzer Counseling Center of the Ashland Theological Seminary

Michael Reuschling

Michael Reuschling (MA, ATS; PhD, University of Akron) is Associate professor of Pastoral Counseling and Director of the Midwest Counseling Center at ATS.

The purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy his company forever. (Westminster Catechism)

It wasn’t so many years ago that reading the Psalms was much more of a duty than a delight for me. It wasn’t that many years ago that the thought of praying, let alone “praying without ceasing,” lead to more thoughts of drudgery than delight. And if you had told me, not that many years ago, that I would be spending hours alone with God, just enjoying His company, I would have politely dismissed you, at best, and harshly criticized you (at least in my mind) for not really knowing me at all, at worst. Yet all of these, enjoyment of God’s words (and Word), delight in talking to and hearing from God, resting with great contentment in His presence, all of these have become my ongoing experience and blessing. God has faithfully been showing me His great love for me and for others through His kind and gentle and loving treatment of me. He has been answering my prayer that He transform me into the image and likeness of His Son, no matter what the “cost” might be. He has taken me at my word and honored my surrender of my all to Him. May He be praised forever for His great love toward us as His people!

In this and other areas, I have been reminded many times of the words of a Salvation Army officer quoted years ago on the Paul Harvey radio program. The officer was asked at Christmas-time what he thought of telling children tales of flying reindeer and the like, of filling their heads with such fantastic stories. His response was, “Flying reindeer? When I think of what God has done with this black heart of mine, flying reindeer is child’s play!” And so it is for me and for many of us. The closest I have witnessed to miracles is in what God has done with this “black heart” of mine. Who I once was, and who I once feared I was (that one who would someday be found out and exposed), have been largely left behind, by the grace of God, and I come to see these “self-images” as the lies they were and are, as contrasted with His truth of who I am because of Him. I have come to see that God’s words in Romans 14:4, Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand

(NIV), words that I was mostly able to apply to my treatment of others, also apply to my treatment of...

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