Can You Stand Up?

1 Corinthians 10:12 Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

It is good to stand tall. There is something about an upstanding person that is encouraging. A group of people standing to attention draws our appreciation. Most of us admire those who stand up for their principles, standards and objectives.

At this point in the recovery process what are we standing for? Our lives once shaken by our addictions and compulsions weakened our stance and made us shaky about our own worthiness. Our past record painful when it came to our ability to overcome our character defects, sinful thoughts, actions and behaviours.

We have turned a corner. And in turning that corner it is time for us to stand up! And take a stance for goodness, honesty and purity. Our feet need a solid foundation. God commends Jesus as the only sure foundation. Our future if it is to be successful lives in relationship with Him.

There is a saying that says “he who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” Our past experiences have taught us what not to do when it comes to living purposeful, positive lives.

Step eight is about making another list. This time of people we have harmed and becoming willing to make amends to them. This requires taking a stand. It is not going to be easy but it is necessary if we want to go on in the process of transforming our lives into lives acceptable by God.

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