Some see the glass half empty; others see the glass half full. For those who know Christ, however, it's difficult to comprehend how we can see our cup as anything but "overflowing."
Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Give thanks in all things, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (TNIV). This is a spiritual principle to be sure. But it is also a great mental health principle as well. When our mind and heart are focused on the many reasons we have for thanksgiving, the impetus for complaining, criticizing, and dwelling on our troubles disappears.
Today, as I launch this web-site, and the Living Hope Family Therapy and Counseling practice, I would like to begin by saying "Thank you" to a number who have encouraged and assisted me in this journey:
First, I would like to express my thanks to my therapist colleagues: Dr. David Croninger, Dr. Mary Ventonis, and therapist Marie Anderson who have encouraged me and given me hours of advice and feedback regarding the practical matters of private practice.
Second, I would like to thank my Administrative Assistant, Michelle Fells, whose technical expertise in computer systems and web-site design have made the production of this site a reality.
Third, I would like to say a word of thanks to the pioneers of marriage and family therapy in Oklahoma. People like Dr. Dale Doty who were practicing and teaching family therapy in Oklahoma before many even knew what it was.
Fourth, I would express my deep thanks for my family: my wife, Kristi, my daughter Beth, my son John, my mother and father, Jean and Owen, and my daughter-in-law and grandchildren - Alicia, Andy, and Sam. These loved ones, by their love, commitment, forgiveness, and grace, have reminded me daily what a family is all about.
Most of all, I thank God for the living hope He has given me through the person of Jesus Christ. I pray I will always have the wisdom to abide in His amazing grace.
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.