Wishing Won’t Make It So

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Proverbs 3:3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

logo_transparent_bgRegret can be like a sword that cuts two ways. it can pierce our soul, acknowledging our wrongdoing for which we are truly regretful. The other side is being found out and harboring resentment that we have been found out.

In our current circumstances, regretfulness is usually associated with the discovery we have a problem and wishing it wasn’t true. Regret lingers in the bosom of self-pity.

Wishing things were different won’t change them. Wishing you didn’t make that bad choice, behave the way you did won’t obliterate the truth. Only a serious approach to the recovery process is going to change the things that need changing.

If we regret that we have made an attempt, unsuccessfully to change, then we need to give serious attention to the good news being presented by The Twelve Steps. Commitment to our Higher Power, our sin forgiving Saviour dares us not to treat the recovery process lightly. We are in a life-threatening war for our lives. Jesus tells us in  John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

It is now tome to stop wishing things were different and applying what we learn.

Apply What You Learn

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1 Corinthians 11:27 Do not eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in a way that isn’t worthy of him. If you do, you will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.

logo_transparent_bgPrior to coming into the Bridge Program in 1989, I was in recovery for all the wrong reasons. To regain the trust of my family whom I had let down on numerous occasions. To get a woman back from a previous relationship that went pear-shaped as a result of my drinking. I learned all that I could about recovery to impress people. I even used to share with people from the Bible-based devotional I had to convince them God was in the right place in my recovery. But he wasn’t and I think I was more dangerous to others than helpful to them at that time.

Recovery is about studying the Word of God and relying on Him on how to apply it.