Ephesians 6:6-7 Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God.
An important component on the Salvation Army Bridge Programme is ‘work therapy’ The Message Bible says “Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. 1 Thessalonians 5:13-14
For me ‘work therapy’ was an important part of my spiritual walk. Towards the end of my time on the Bridge Programme, the Salvation Army was commencing a new ‘Red Shield Industries’ on the rehab property in Mount Barker, South Australia. I was invited to participate in establishing the RSI where I volunteered on completion of my time on the programme, was employed and appointed to the position of Assistant Manager responsible for assisting set-up of RSI from the ground up. My job involved setting up a Home Collection Service, establishing new Family Stores, fitting out the stores, employing staff to manage the stores and helping with the day to day running of Red Shield Family Stores. Following marriage to my wife Karen I was appointed as the Assistant Manager of the Salvation Army’s new warehouse in Gepps Cross and through a series of different events eventually progressed to the position of State Manager of Family Stores in South Australia before moving to Melbourne with my wife and two sons Duncan and Mitchell as the Territorial Transport Manager.
This was all made possible because I made a decision whilst on the programme that wherever God leads me I will go. Over the past thirty years, this has meant boldly acting in faith and obedience.
Work Therapy played a big part in the transformation of my life and restored me a measure of self-worth I would not have achieved without it.
Recovery is a lot more than just learning and applying the ‘Twelve Steps’ Recovery requires life transformation. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 says “Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.” Good News is for sharing and each of us as we move forward in the process of recovery need to remember that fact and ” warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs.”
None of us can do this on our own.
WORK THERAPY IN THE PROCESS OF RECOVERY WILL BE REWARDED
Proverbs 12:14 Well-done work has its own reward.
WORK THERAPY HELPS US DISCOVER A NEW FREEDOM
Proverbs 12:24 The diligent find freedom in their work.
WORK THERAPY TEACHES US THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Romans 12:11 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master.
GOD’S A PLAN AND A PURPOSE FOR US EACH
2 Corinthians 10:16-18 We have no intention of moving in on what others have done and taking credit for it. “If you want to claim credit, claim it for God.“ What you say about yourself means nothing in God’s work. It’s what God says about you that makes the difference.