Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” – Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

To me, the word of God is a mirror. As I look into it, it reveals to me how much I have grown in my devotion and commitment to live by the values and principles that are important to me and are important to God.  However, this mirror also reveals with painstaking clarity how much I intentionally or unintentionally fall short of living out my commitment to God on a day in and day out basis as well.

Still, I have a love for the word of God.  As a Christian, Counselor and man in recovery, I have found the Bible to be full of instruction that speaks to virtually every part of my life, assisting, illuminating and answering questions I have asked during my life, and I am satisfied with the answers that God has revealed to me and has inspired me to live a life that is marked by “doing  justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God” (Micah 6:8).

As you look into your mirror at home, what questions arise as you consider the man or woman you currently are and the person you wish to become?  “Who is God and where are you?” “What is a ‘relationship’ with Jesus and how can it help me become sober from alcohol, drugs or other destructive behaviors in my life?” “Why do I have this pain in my life and how can I live through it?”  “How can I overcome my fear and this current struggle?” or “What is God’s will for my life?”  These are all very fair questions and are important simply because they originate from the heart of the person in the mirror.

I don’t know if you read the Bible or have read it lately.  I hope that you will.  King David writes in the Psalms 139: 23 – 24 for God to “search me, and know my anxious heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” What I get from this scripture is God wants to meet you just as you are, and speak to you about your life, your relationships, your recovery, your “God,” and about hope and your future (see Jeremiah 29:11 below).  David, a man like I am, who made choices that he was not proud of and who erred more than he would have liked, met with God through the mirror and was able to pen the words at the top of this post, as he found God’s word (and a relationship with God through the word) to be inspirational, guiding, informing and empowering.

What about you?  Will you meet with God today in the mirror, just as you are?  As you read Jeremiah 29:11, please consider what He “reflects” back to you:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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  1. Great Word Ken. We miss your family at the River. 😊

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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