During every single year of my counseling career—now approaching two decades—I’ve had at least one boy or girl come to me to say that they, or a friend, was considering ending their life. Kids as young as third grade have described suicidal ideation— confirmed......31 May, 2017
a blog by Jon Johansen
When my older buddy Jason died in a car wreck, just after his senior year in high school, I realized that life was finite. As a result, a few weeks later I asked Jesus into my heart. And Christ became my first true love.
After that year’s football season, Mom drafted me to help out each afternoon at her home daycare. And my second love appeared: pouring into the lives of young people.
Just about a decade ago, my then-infant son’s brain tumor hemorrhaged. Faced with losing him, I became terribly aware that I’d spent far too much time seeking approval at work, and not nearly enough moments with my beautiful wife and amazing children.
A third passion arrived: cherishing my loved ones.
As the years have slipped by, those callings—to follow Jesus, pour myself into my family, and to serve kids—have only grown stronger.
My “On Faith and Family” blog posts are one way that I try to pass that precious sense of calling on to others.
I have a long way to go in my faith, but I’d love to have you join me on that journey…
Lighthouse Christian School Counselor