We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3, The Message
“God asks no man whether he will accept life. This is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how.”
- Henry Ward Beecher
A Deeper Point of View
Being sober from our addictions is a wonderful thing. It is what we wanted when we first started this recovery journey of ours. But, as God leads us through all the puddles, lakes, and oceans of life, He will invariably lead us into new and uncharted waters. Shallow waters are for children. Let us continue to grow, let us reach out and swim for the deep waters.
What do we think when we think about ourselves?
What are the things that we value the most?
How is our identity shaped by the things we value?
Do our possessions and priorities keep us from experiencing God’s deeper fellowship?
Do our relationships keep us from relating to God at the most intimate level?
What personal qualities do we have that we know we should change?
How do we rely on our talents to make us acceptable to people and to God?
What do we want that conflicts with God’s ideal for our lives?
Are there interests in our lives that are questionable or inappropriate?
Do we use our ministry, or our service to others as a way of expressing our goodness?
Why do we feel the need to prove our goodness?
Are we more devoted to what we think we should be than we are devoted to what God is making us into?
Questions like these help us to look beyond our addictions and gain a deeper view into our internal character. The more we are willing to let go and change, the more we will experience God’s power changing us on the inside. As we are willing to let go of our subtle idolatries, our perceptions about them will change and our interest in them will disappear. We will discover that the discouragement and the disillusionment that we feel from time to time are not really bad things. They can actually be good for us because they reveal how we have loved ourselves and our lives, or even our own devotion to Jesus, more than we have loved Jesus Himself.
God’s promise of new life is a promise of Himself and the Life that He is. The only eternal promise that He makes is that we will have Him forever. In the end only He will remain. Everything else will pass away. As we learn to be content with Jesus and Jesus alone, we will receive increasing joy amidst the discouragement and sadness that comes our way.
Insights and Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery
By David Zailer and The Men and Women of Operation Integrity
Chapter Ten Segment Seven
Copyright David Zailer, 2008
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