“Archie, maybe you weren’t an alcoholic, maybe it was just a phase.”

Remember your Creator now while you are young.  Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Ecclesiastes 12:6 ~ 1 Timothy 4:12

Recently someone said to me “Maybe you weren’t an alcoholic, maybe it was just a phase.” I remember when I was in my twenties someone in A.A. telling me “you can’t be an alcoholic, you are too young and you haven’t suffered enough yet.”

One of the greatest blessings in my life is the fact that at an early age (I was 23 when I attended my first rehab, was introduced to the Twelve Steps and attended my first A.A. meetings.)  One of the things that annoy me most is when people who don’t really know me. Know nothing of my past and nothing of what I went through, with God’s help to become the person I am today.

Psalms 51:5-7 says   “I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. You deserve honesty from the heart; yes, utter sincerity and truthfulness. Oh, give me this wisdom. Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood and I shall be clean again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Step One of the Living Life Recovery steps says  “I admit that my life is a mess and I am out of control.” Step Two says “I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.” Step Three says “I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.”  Where in those first three steps (the foundations of all recovery) does it mention alcohol? Regardless of what we are going through. No matter the issue or the drug of choice we all need recovery.

People need to stop pointing the finger at others. Need to stop labeling others. Stop trying to justify their problems as worse than the problems of others and accept ‘We are all sinners’ and ‘we all need Jesus.’ if we want to recover and live differently.

Proverbs 19:1  Better to be poor and honest than rich and dishonest.

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