Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SEEING THE WORLD AROUND US - from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, NOT FOR MEN ONLY

Seeing the World Around Us
 
Everything we say and do affects the lives of those around us in one way or another. Maybe big, maybe small, and maybe not even realized today, but our actions do solicit response, reaction and consequence — and not only for us, but for the whole world, beginning with those closest to us. Like it or not, good or bad, we impact this world. 
            My sponsor and counselor drove this point home to me — the reality of my social and relational responsibilities. With their help, I could better see the hurtful impact my life had on others. I came face-to-face with my shortcomings which grew out from my self-centeredness. I had lived my life for myself, and other people had suffered because of it.
            Now in recovery, I am more honestly aware of my shortcomings. They illuminate my need for God, getting me in touch with my frustrated desire to experience life in a way only He can give me. I am seeing myself and the world differently. Even though life can be difficult, I view it with enthusiasm. I like this new life. It is a better life than I have ever known before. But as good as I feel, there remains a deep, nagging sense that I have unfinished business. Also, my counselors, sponsors, and mentors urge me to be cautious and thoughtful. They remind me over and over again that “my new life in Christ” will be short-lived if I forget or ignore how I have negatively impacted the lives of others. 

This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only  ~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011


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