Odd Man Out
The Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 32:18-19
Some of us when realizing we were addicts wanted to retreat from society. It felt better to avoid others and drink on our own. The odd man out syndrome appealed. In group meetings, we prefer to remain silent, choosing not to share too much about ourselves. Preferring not to learn too much about our problem selves. The less others know about us, the better. It’s like burying our heads in the sand. Loners, ill-at-ease in company. Yet being shut up alone with our own thoughts and feeling is a wintry experience.
God announced, way back in Eden “It’s not good for man to be alone.” He has invited us to keep company with Him. But too often we choose to turn our back on Him. When we learn to relate to Him properly it helps us to relate to others.
Recovery requires steering away from old habits. This too can lead to us having to accept the ‘Odd Man Out’ stigma. Moving away from old acquaintances and meeting places is sure to earn criticism and loss of popularity votes. We will suffer in some way; a cost that is inevitably worthwhile.
“COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.” “I WILL BE A FATHER TO YOU, AND YOU SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAYS THE LORD ALMIGHTY.”
2 Corinthians 6:17-18
We cannot stand alone in the process of recovery. We need to latch onto all that God is able to provide for our well-being. How far are we willing to go?