The end of this month, less than 25 days, we will be moving back to Ohio permanently. When Ashley and I moved out to Colorado, we were a completely different family then.

  • We had been married only 6 months.
  • Neither of us had ever owned a home.
  • We didn’t have any kids and Winston was really still a pup.
  • Ashley never had had a full-time job, I had just left my first full-time job.
  • I didn’t even know I wanted to get into counseling yet.

And now we are here with what life and God has given us.

Going into my job, I knew we were moving back. In fact, we would have left for Ohio three years earlier except the counseling licensure process in Ohio is much more difficult and I wouldn’t have been able to use my degree. So instead, I worked for three years and now everything has transferred over well.

My Professional Decisions Were Intentional

My goal for the past three years professionally was to get better at my craft. There are so many different ways I could have gone, including getting a doctorate, a specialty like working clients who have autism, going into private practice, doing research, or looking to serve a Christian specific clientele. My path led me to working with low-income, high risk clients, domestic violence offenders and other probationary clients, and significant substance use problems.

But working on my craft meant not necessarily going above and beyond my job title. I certainly did my job well and excelled in all areas, but I could have gone further. Laws were being written for counselors in Colorado that I could have added my voice to the conversation. I want to make marriage and premarital conferences with churches a thing. And I’m always interested in research, journal articles, and teaching in academia.

My Professional Future

I found I did not have as much of an investment in the process in the communities I was in and should simply focus on me for three years. And I think I chose wisely.

Now, moving back to Ohio, I’m excited for what I will be able to do in my career. Any of the things I just wrote about are an option. Maybe all of them at some point in my career.

I ask for your prayers for myself, but also my family and the clients I am working with. I hope that God can be honored in everything I do, hurting people will find peace and hope, and that I can make a lasting impact in my field of work.

Posted by Jeremy Smith

I am a blogger, clinical counselor, gamer, and someone who loves to pushback so you can create the very best thing possible. I blog exclusively about church technology as a senior staff writer at ChurchMag as well as about life in general on my personal site JeremyGrantSmith.com. You can also find my eBooks on ChurchMag Press.

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