Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.
This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.
November 2009 Entries
We need to take the risk of revealing our faults to get better. God surely wants to hear us come to Him confessing the things we have done, not to scold us and punish us. The consequences of our choices have already beaten us up. He wants us to bring the truth out to Him, to ourselves, and to another so we can begin to change.
Someone said at a recent recovery meeting that planning how you will handle a situation before you encounter it will give you a better chance at making right choices. She said, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." That seemed like a reasonable strategy for success. Can you share with us what your plan is to stay sober this year? It may help someone else.
Conducting this inventory becomes the cornerstone and foundation for rebuilding our lives. We see what’s not right and why it’s not right. We do the best we can to isolate our behavior without blaming others and holding onto resentment or the victim mentality. Once we have our first inventory list, we have a starting point for change.
This is not an easy step. It’s a battle of the wills. Our enemy, the devil, beckons us to accept defeat and give up. Our flesh sometimes craves the old behavior pattern. It is only when our lives and our wills are safely entrusted to God that we will be victorious.
“We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
In this second step, the goal of “sanity” enters the picture. Hey, wait a minute! I never said I was lacking sanity! Let’s take a look at insanity by asking ourselves some questions. What things have we done in our addiction that we can hardly believe when we look back at them? Have we put ourselves or others in dangerous situations? How have we behaved in ways of which we’re now ashamed? Have we quit jobs, a