Why We Practice Family Law.
What is my purpose in life? More importantly, what is God’s purpose for my life? Why do I do what I do? Why am I a lawyer? What caused me do go into Family Law? Should I continue on that career path?
All questions that I have been asking myself the past couple of years. I was looking for a shout from God, a dream, a revelation. I got nothing or so it seemed. You see, I was looking for a shout when all along I should have been paying attention to the whispers.
To the subtle hints from God; being a mentor to middle school boys at my church, being the leader in charge of the 3rd through 5th-grade youth ministry at my church. To hearing a former CEO of compassionate International speak at my church about serving the kids. To having the name The Guardian Law Firm spring at the forefront of my mind when deciding on a firm name.
To picking out the tagline “Serving the One,” to going to one my best friend’s wedding and hearing his brother give a toast and continually reciting the theme, “Protect the children.” to receiving a call from a mother going through a custody battle who has a child with down syndrome and for seconds later to hear a thought or voice in my mind that says “you are exactly where I need you to be.”
Mathew 18:2-6 reads:
“2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Causing to Stumble
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
God blessed me with the skills and personality to help his little ones. The ones who so often do not have a voice during these custody battles, the ones who suffers the most as a result of their parents not getting along and finding out a way to set aside their difference, even after a divorce, to serve the one. The one child that matters and the one child that God cares so much for.
My greatest wish in my career is to have a child come to me in their adult years thanking me for helping their parents see the light of day and realize what is most important during the divorce process. By so doing, they did not give up on their faith and God answered their prayers of keeping their bubble intact even when the world is out to destroy it and lead them astray.
The Journey is not easy. Being a Family Law attorney is taxing, but I am reminded of this scripture when the going gets tough:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I will not cause one of the little ones to stumble. I promise to serve the One while serving the one.