Facing Ourselves

Romans 14:13 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is.

Chapter Five in the ‘Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous’ says ‘Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple p program m, usu all y men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average.

Recovery from addiction can only begin when we face face being honest with ourselves, an others. It says in this reading from the AA Big book for those incapable of honesty ‘their chances are less than average’ Recovery demands honesty! If we can’t be honest we are destined to failure. For me short-term fixes were not an option. When I drank I drank to get drunk. When I took drugs I took them to get off my face. So it made perfect sense to me to recover I had to be 100% committed and be willing to do ‘whatever it took.’ That meant facing up to myself and taking responsibility for myself in every area of my life because God knows every area. He knows my thoughts, He knows my feelings, He know my motives and He expects me and you to do whatever it is in our power to do to help Him to do what only He can do in and through our lives.

Daily God calls me to accountability for the way I choose to live my life. This believe it or not is not my advantage because left to my own devices I mess it up. Today through confession of my sins and failures to God I am saved the guilt associated ills that in the past have continually brought me unstuck. Through letting go I can let God pardon and renew me. So much wiser than carrying the burdens of life on my own.

1 John 1:9 says ” if we admit our sins–make a clean breast of them–he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.” I want to say today that has been my personal experience and i hope from today it will be yours if it hasn’t been till now.

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Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed. Truthful witness by a good person clears the air, but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit. Souls are saved by truthful witness and betrayed by the spread of lies.

What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.

We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight.

Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about! 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.

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.

Prayer: Lord I find it easy to hide from myself and to gloss over my sins, faults and failures. Help me today to be rigorously honest and confess me needs to You.

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