December 22, 2019

220 words to start 2020

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” – John 8:31 – 32 (TNIV)

Good morning and welcome to 2020!

Over the past 4 years, the keywords I’ve written about to start the new year are Lovingkindness (2016), Understanding (2017), Architect/Build (2018), and Neighbor (2019).

Today, on the dawn of a new decade, I’d like to suggest a word that invites us to demonstrate consistency with the above stated and other principled actions, which hopefully will transcend beyond this decade: the word is Integrity.

Integrity and Truth originate in the same Greek word (Alethes) and in thinking about the practical expression of Integrity, it accurately reflects who we are (our identity), what we value (our beliefs) and how we intentionalize our values each day (our purpose).

In Matthew 22:16, Jesus was called a “teacher and a man of integrity,” and when He shared the words in the verse above He inferred that the quality of our actions will always line up with the teaching to which we adhere.

So as you start this decade (and perhaps each morning) ask yourself what teachings/truths are you living by and do they surface in a qualitative way consistently? If not, what integral process will you integrate that helps you to be integritous?

May God bless your effort in 2020!

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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