Permitted Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Good for You’
1 Corinthians 6:12 Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.
I started drinking at the age of 15. I became legally old enough to drink at the age of 18. Once I turned 18 people said, “He’s old enough to drink, let him drink.”
Because of my addictive personality mood altering drugs were not good for me, at any age. Yet once I was legal the world was happy for me to live my life as a drunk and so was I.
I never came to recovery to stop drinking. I came to recovery to discover a way to control my drinking. As a result of the belief I would learn to control my drinking I relapsed a number of times.
Through my times on the ‘merry go round’ and the messing up of my life I finally realised ‘my life was a mess’ and, to stop it being a mess I had to stop using alcohol and drugs as a means of ignoring the mess.
- When did you realize your life was a mess and out of control?
- How are those closest to you responding to your being in recovery?
It’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3
- Evaluating yourself by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God’s eyes.
FIX YOUR ATTENTION ON GOD
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2
- God has good, pleasing, and perfect plans for us. He wants us to be transformed people with renewed minds, living to honor and obey him
KNOWLEDGE ISN’T EVERYTHING
Knowing isn’t everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn’t that insensitive. We need to be sensitive to the fact that we’re not all at the same level of understanding in this.
1 Corinthians 8:7
- Maturity comes from seeking God’s will for our lives and following it.
Prayer: Today God help me to accept abstinence from all mind-altering substances is my only safe path to recovery.