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.
April 2010 Entries
So, is it a big deal? Take a look at our relationships. Do we hide our behaviors from people? Usually, that's the case. We know it would cause problems for us if our behavior was exposed, so we hide it and lie about it. If we are deceiving others to continue the behavior, IT IS A BIG PROBLEM!
Personally, I think there are a lot of people serving in God’s ministry who have addictions of some kind. I was one of them. You may be one of them. If you were exposed, would you keep going to church? Or would you be so embarrassed that you’d stop going or find another church?
Whatever your behavior pattern, you can picture yourself living life without the drug or self-destructive behavior and know for certain that it is the life our Lord has waiting for you. It certainly can’t hurt – and you can begin to change how you see yourself.
When we duck out from life’s storms by self-medicating, we don’t grow. Life is painful. Sorrow seems unbearable. Stress feels like a boulder on our shoulders. Thankfully, God wants us to go through this life with Him as our burden bearer. When we turn to our preferred method of escape, we might as well tell Jesus, “You’re not enough for me. I need something else too.” It is that simple.