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Giving the Comfort I Have Been Given

There are a variety of reasons why I might find someone coming to my office for help.  They might be facing anxiety that prevents them from getting out and doing the things they love or feel so depressed that they no longer are experiencing joy in things they once loved.  Maybe it is someone grieving the loss of someone close to them or trying to heal from past trauma that altered their perception of safety.  Other people might be trying to recover from substance use or made poor decisions that have led them to get involved with the legal system.  Whatever the reason is, I as a mental health therapist, often see people at their darkest point searching for hope, trying to figure out the point of life, and wanting someone to come alongside them to listen and understand what’s going on inside of them.

As a therapist there are a variety of things I try to help my clients with, such as learning tools to manage their symptoms, helping them stabilize when in crisis, as well as helping them understand themselves and this world better.  Therapy is a space for someone to reflect and examine their lives and wrestle with difficult questions they are facing in a world that has caused them to feel broken.   

Although I often do not get to have direct conversations with people about faith, I view my job as worship as I am trying to guide my clients towards finding healing, hope, and purpose.  Helping them view themselves with self-worth and dignity, as people created in the image of God should. Asking them questions to get them to think deeper about who they are, what their purpose is, and who can provide healing. 

Jesus himself cared for those who were sick, vulnerable, and hurting.  He healed them, comforted them, loved them, and acknowledged them when others didn’t.  That is what I strive to do when I counsel those in need.  To be a light when at times all someone might see is darkness. I remind myself of 2 Corinthians 1:3 which says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  Because I am given comfort and compassion by Jesus, I then can give that same comfort to those I serve each day, worshipping and completely depending on Jesus while I do it.

-Kaitlin Faust

An Important Lesson

I have a confession to share.  For a significant portion of my career I had an overwhelming sense of guilt on a regular basis. This guilt did not originate from an inappropriate or unethical act, but rather from a deep rooted feeling that I needed to do more.  As a Christian, I strived to grow in my faith in all aspects of my life: As a husband to the woman I loved so deeply (I married way over my head!), a father of two incredible boys, a friend…teacher, coach, mentor, servant, leader….but what about my career? Was I being selfish using my gifts in a secular environment?  Was it less “Christian” to not be serving in a vocational ministry? 
Throughout my numerous trips around the sun, I have been blessed with countless business opportunities and challenges that placed our family in environments that my wife and I had never anticipated as we started dating and got married in a small town in southern Indiana.  That town was our home and, for the most part, people didn’t leave such a wonderful environment that was safe, secure, and surrounded by our incredible family and support system. But, business challenges called, success created further opportunities for more impact, and out of our comfort zone we were launched.
My professional journeys have taken me to 4 different companies, multiple divisions, 4 relocations, and travels to nearly every state in the country and over 14 countries. I have worked closely with people from every continent and nearly every religion, from the entry level hourly employee to CEO’s and CFO’s, and from professional banking and consulting environments to labor unions and grave-yard shift production environments. Through it all, I have met the most amazing people…regardless of their role or background. But also through it all, I always had the doubt and guilt in the back of my mind…”Should I be doing more? Am I wasting the gifts and abilities the Lord has given me? Am I being selfish or insecure? Am I living in Faith and trusting that God will always provide?”
As I have matured through this journey, and through God’s amazing grace, I have realized that our ministry field is wherever God puts us in this life. Regardless of the public perception that you are not allowed to share your faith in the secular workplace, I have strived to simply be me…all of me. I have been blessed with the opportunity to pray with countless people who were going through difficult seasons of life, I have been provided with numerous opportunities to publicly share my faith with thousands of people around the world, and I have been trusted to mentor countless individuals where I frequently share my crazy life story…including how God has worked through it all and how He has always been faithful to protect and provide for my family.
Just over 5 years ago, our oldest son was tragically killed in a work-related accident at the age of 23. Through this season, God has strengthened and sustained us on a daily basis. Roughly a year after this tragic event, a colleague of mine asked if he could speak with me privately. During this conversation he shared, “I just want you to know how thankful I am that you are still working here. Most of us thought you would quit and go into full time ministry at your church. I just wanted to tell you that you make a difference in so many lives at this company and we need Christians here. We would have respected you and completely understood if you had left.  But, you see, most of us may never enter the doors of a church on a regular basis to be influenced by people who genuinely love people the way you do each day. But when you come here to work, you meet us where we are and you bring that impact to us. You may not see it, but we need you here and I am glad you stayed.
Again, God gives more grace. What a gift it was to be able to hear from this non-believer, how God is working through my broken and imperfect life to touch others for His purposes and glory.  I suppose I have learned something through the years; our ministry field is wherever God places us today. 
"Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:22-24
-Bryan Langford