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I’m coping – sometimes I cope well, sometimes not so well

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons I fight with are not the weapons the world uses. In fact, it is just the opposite. My weapons have the power of God to destroy the camps of the enemy.

A number of people have had significant influence on my life, my faith and my recovery. None more that Peter Miller. Pete was a ‘grumpy old man’ I worked for and with at Salvation Army Family Stores. He was my first manager in the Salvation Army, he was a recovered alcoholic I remember the first time I encountered Pete was in a chapel service at William Booth Men’s Hostel in Whitmore Square in Adelaide, where he shared his testimony. His introduction “my name is Peter and I am a recovered alcoholic.” Pete was the first person I ever heard acknowledge that the power of Jesus Christ could overcome the power of addiction.

When I left the Bridge Program in 1989 I went to work for Pete at Red Shield Industries in Mount Barker. Pete wasn’t a well man physically and I used to ask him regularly “how are you Pete?” to which he would respond “I’m coping, sometimes I cope well and sometimes not so well. With God’s help I cope.”

Things don’t always go the way we want them to or expect them to in life, sometimes it’s really hard. My challenge to everyone reading this is:

Just for today, with God’s help -COPE – you don’t have to cope well and things don’t have to workout the way you want to or expect them to all you have to do is cope. Tomorrow is another opportunity to get it right.

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