Ecclesiastes 3:1 in The Message Bible says “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth.”
Since 1987 I have been in recovery from alcohol addiction and drug abuse. Since 2005 I have written blogs around the process of recovery. I believe I am one of the most fortunate people on this planet, having discovered at an early age there is a better way to live. To live without drugs and alcohol and all the problems that go with them.
Over the years I have been involved in many ‘Recovery Fellowship Groups.’ as well as led many. I have been privileged to work with many people one-on-one in their quests to overcome the struggles of everyday life. And, I have taken many different approaches to the recovery process.
In 1989 I discovered The Way to recovery is through a personal relationship with the One True Higher Power, Jesus Christ.
Tonight I changed the header on my blog from ‘Living Life Recovery ~ Church For People With Addictions’ to “Living Life Recovery ~ What I have learned about recovery.” You see, I believe the slogan I have heard many times in recovery meetings that says “You can’t give away what you don’t have.”
All I have in the process of recovery and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is my own experience.
In the ‘Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous,’ it says “our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened and what we are like now.” It is my hope and prayer that from this point forward that is what will be contained in this blog. I encourage anyone reading to “take what you want and leave the rest.” None of us has all the answers for recovery and none of us can solve all our problems on our own. The ‘Good News’ is we all have access to ‘The One.” who can. His name is Jesus and I hope that through this blog you may identify some of the things He has taught me and be encouraged to share them with others as you walk the daily path of “Living Life Recovery”
Romans 14:7 We don’t live for ourselves alone. And we don’t die all by ourselves.
The most important relationship in our recovery is our relationship with God. Everything we are going through is to bring us to the point of service to Him and others.
He rescued me from a fate worse than death. He helped me to clean up my life and He continues to help me to continue moving forward in spiritual recovery day by day. Everything I think, say and do is seen by Him and I try to live my life at all times in a manner that brings glory to Him.
None of us arrived in recovery because we wanted to. We arrived in recovery because God lead us here. Every day we need to remember that and do our best to live our lives in ways that won’t embarrass or offend Him.
- What are you still doing in your life that you are embarrassed about?
Prayer: Lord help me today not to offend or embarrass You
2 Corinthians 1:9 We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally–not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead!
This week at Living Life Recovery we continue our six-week series on A.A. slogans. We commenced by looking at what the Bible says about ‘Living One Day At a Time.’ We followed that up last week by looking at the slogan ‘Easy Does It.’ and the process of adapting the Twelve Steps as a new way of living, developing personal relationship with God and changing our lives with His help at our own pace.
This week we are looking at the slogan ‘Let Go and Let God’
During our lives of addiction and compulsion there are times when our lives seemed to be falling apart. Times when we felt all was lossed and we were doomed to failure. The ‘Good News’ is that at all times God is ready, willing and able to help us, no matter what is going on. All we need to do is to learn to ‘Let Go’ of self and ‘Let God’ equip us to become the people He is calling us to be.
Step Twelve Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.
Jesus told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations.” Matthew 28:18-19
1 John 4:18 Perfect love drives fear away. Fear has to do with being punished. The one who fears does not have perfect love.
Genuine love in our lives confirms our salvation. One of my biggest fears during my addictive years was fear of abandonment. Since high school, I have always been involved in a romantic relationship. Some of them unhealthy. Most of them for the wrong reasons.
I did not cope with being alone! Since I have been in recovery I have had one romantic relationship, with my wife. The difference between my relationship with my wife and the others in my life is acknowledging God’s love and following – His guidance in our lives.
- Do you struggle with fear of abandonment?
Prayer: God help me today to be content in my relationship with You.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”
When we turn our will and life over to the care of God He forgives us. Then He paves the way for us to make amends, opening the opportunity for us to repair relationships with others.
Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor.”
Welcome to Step Eight, which says “As part of the process of change, I will identify and record everyone I have harmed and through prayer become willing to make restitution to them.”
Now that we have worked on our relationship with God. Have taken time to get to know ourselves and have commenced the process of change it is time to start working on repairing our relationships with others. Part of that process is identifying the people hurt by our sinful habits and attitudes. I know many of us have been hurt by others and they need to go on our lists, but the purpose of this step is to identify those we have hurt. This is a preparation step for making amends and restitution. An important part of repairing broken relationships.
- Are you prepared to honestly make a list of people you have harmed and how you have hurt them?