Morning Harmony #22

Ugly Image

1 John 1:8 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense.

Recently on the news I have noticed a few recalls on vehicles for faulty air bags. Recovery now and again these recalls are necessary to allow for correction of vehicle weaknesses and ensure safety. In our self-assessment, we are not always willing to admit our weaknesses or willing to accept correction. This is not always a pride issue as some would have us believe. Often we fail to see our weaknesses and when they are brought to light our first response is to deny them. Group discussions in the recovery process is invaluable. They helps us examine and discuss in safety and confidentiality things we may not understand or be comfortable with in our character and provide insight how others have overcome the same issues.

We don’t always want to face the truth when it is presented to us but it us useless to run away from it when it is. Self-defense, anger and emotional upheaval in us can present an impaired image of us That is why we need to get to know and stay close to the source of transforming power – Jesus Christ in our lives.

When I was around 14 or 15 I was helping my stepfather build pergola on our house. After the pergola was complete it was my job to paint it. So I went up the ladder and started painting, only to drop the paint all over the new pavers below. My stepfather was furious. To fix the problem he went out a bought paving paint and covered the mess. This brought compliments from people who visited. Your never know what God is going to do to change ugly images through the recovery process in our lives.

Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself. What you say about yourself means nothing in God’s work. It’s what God says about you that makes the difference.

Recovery requires change! In our attitudes, in our beliefs and in our commitments. As we grow in recovery these changes should become evident in our behaviors and the way we live our lives.

God created you to be you so be the best you, you can be. The only person we need to impress in our life change is God.


Prayer: I pray that I may believe God will make good changes out of my mess in my life.

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