Often people come to counseling wanting tips, strategies, ideas and techniques for how to live a better life. Sometimes I can offer something that seems to be what they were looking for. When this happens I may feel intelligent or helpful or clever but this self-importance fades as quickly as the “quick fix” strategy itself.
Knowledge is a good thing, but Love is a better thing. My hunch is that while people may be asking for information, what they are really seeking is love. The Apostle Paul said “knowledge puffs up but love builds up.” So while information may make people feel good, it rarely solves problems. Love is patient…and kind…and I’m learning that love is also slow. Perhaps it is the difference between the slow cooker and the microwave.
I’m working on this slow cooker kind of love both personally and professionally. Right now I can say with integrity that I am moving from the microwave phase to the oven phase. Thanks for your patience. Also…doesn't BBQ sound really good right now?