Join me to welcome Carlos! I am in awe of how God is using this man. Thank you, Carlos, for being obedient to His calls. We often think of spiritual gifts in the singular: teacher, preacher, children’s ministry worker. Our Mighty God is so powerful and gracious. I believe He rarely just assigns one gift to each of His children. See what you think as you read about Carlos …
Carlos is a police officer and mental health clinician specializing in relationships. He is married and has a 5-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. Carlos and his wife live their faith daily as Catholics and work towards raising the best kids that they possibly can while growing together in their own relationship with each other and God.
As a first responder and a mental health clinician, my neighborhood is vast and confusing at times. When most hear or read that I am a cop and therapist, they make comments like, “those don’t go together.” Or “that’s an interesting combo.” I have over 13 years of experience as a police officer and over 2 years of experience as a therapist. I’m working on bridging the gap or even ending the stigma that surrounds counseling and law enforcement, relationships, and faith. I’m also a devoted husband and father. When I’m not working, attending graduate school, or catching up on sleep, I’m enjoying quality time with my family.
As an officer I serve the community of a major US city. My days of working uniformed patrol have been long gone. I’ve parked my black and white and now drive an unmarked car. My partner officer is now a department of mental health clinician. We work hand in hand to lend support to the uniforms in handling those calls for service where members of the community suffer from severe mental illnesses. As a clinician, I spent 2 years volunteering as a marriage and family therapist where I worked with individuals and couples in their daily struggles.
My faith helps me on a daily basis. Having a routine prayer and medication practice, helps me to think clearer. From a hectic situation at work to a heated discussion at home, I am able to ground myself and not let the situation get too far out of hand. I’m an anxious person by nature. Almost always worrying about the future. The cliché Christian statement,” God’s in control” used to frustrate me. I hated the concept that someone else but me was in control of my life. That’s one of the issues with anxiety though, we feel that we are out of control and have no control. Once I was able to live my faith daily and give more control to God, my negative anxiety has almost vanished. Unexpected things will come up but with God and my faith I know that I will never be presented with any situation that I can’t handle.
As a cradle Catholic, I attended Catholic school. Like many, I veered away from the church and only until the last few years, I decided to make a return. The return or awakening came into play when my wife and I attended a weekend workshop for Catholic married couples. We had a good marriage, but we wanted a great one. We realized that there were communication issues that hindered us and we also realized that there was an absence of God. After the weekend, we were welcomed into an international community of couples who had the same goals for their relationship, more faith and better communication. I share my faith my being active in this marriage ministry and constantly trying to invite new couples to join. The world is quick to run away from difficult situations, especially in a marriage. There is a much needed and often a missing component to a fruitful marriage, God. Making room for God in a marriage is the hidden key to unlocking doors in many relationships. We get comfortable and develop the “if it ain’t broke then why fix it” attitude. In certain cases, this is true, but as two different people living one life together, there has to be a constant need for reflection, vulnerability and improvement. As we grow in our own faith and closer to God we can then grow closer our faith with our spouses. This is one of the key components to our marriage ministry. My wife and I are one. My wife and are both servants of God.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone, it is the same God at work (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
Wow! Praising God for the creative approach to his Kingdom through Carlos. What are your thoughts after reading this post?
Today is Warrior Wednesday!
Our Lord has given me a message for all warriors (if you are a child of God, then you are a warrior). A sort of continuation of last week’s post and more.
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