The Road To Recovery (Part 3)
When we think about recovery we think about people in a hospital bed or an addict kicking a habit in some rehab center in a cell all alone. However, the actual definition of recovery is quite different.
Recovery – a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength; the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.
So, by this definition we are reminded that recovery is something that we strive for and that it doesn’t happen immediately. Here are a few things to remember when it comes to recovery:
D. There Has To Be A Decision To Continue The Lifestyle
Do you know people that have a very difficult time making a decision and sticking to it? They often second guess themselves because they believe that a better option could come up. This shows that they lack confidence or faith in their ability to “stick and stay and make it pay”. Read this cycle and see if you find yourself in one of these steps:
- Normal life is fine and you are on cloud 9
- Something happens to disrupt your normal life & all is NOT fine.
- You spend countless hours trying to figure out why it happened to me.
- Because you lack a reason why it happened to you, panic sets in, and you try to make sense of it all.
- In panic you reach out for help from others, but you know in your mind that you won’t except it, because you’re afraid and unsure of how to move forward.
- Since friends, family and even your faith can’t comfort, you begin to become ineffective. Your performance diminishes because you can ONLY focus on this thing!
- You might begin to make deals with yourself and even God. “If you allow me to know or _______ or get through _______, I will _________.”
- God doesn’t give you an answer in the time that you think He should. You begin to panic and focus on the people associated with the issue instead of the issue. Basically, since you can’t find something or someone to blame, you blame the face of the situation. The messenger. You begin to, in your mind, pick them apart until you feel better.
- You feel better for a while until the reality of the situation returns into your mind and you pick up the stress again. Now it’s worse than before!
- Your life suffers! All you want to do is “know”, but in your mind, you secretly don’t want to know. So you do all that you can to remain “sane” until said issue is resolved.
- Finally, the resolution comes and you realize how much time and energy you wasted and you promise God and others that you do this again. Cloud 9 is good.
Did you see yourself or someone that you know in one of these steps of this cycle? You may ask this question now: Since you called me out, what do I do to help or fix this?
You have to make a decision to change! In tomorrow’s devotionals we will break down three steps to help you better train your mind to not backtrack into the jungle doubt and indecision. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.