The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. ~Ben Stein~
Every single day we are faced with a myriad of choices to make. How and what we choose, even in the seemingly trivial matters, can serve to shape the course of our life. Even indecision is a choice, in and of itself. You must develop a steadfast resolve as to the direction that you are going, or you will be taken off course and drawn to the wrong path at every turn.
Thought for the day
There are many of us that make recovery much more difficult than it needs to be because we refuse to commit to a lifestyle that places our recovery and the corresponding actions above all else. By this misplacement of priorities we risk periodic relapse and slips. As long as we stubbornly refuse to make meetings, phone calls, step work, prayer, meditation and service work ahead of family (yes, family), work, friendship and even some church activities we will continue to struggle. Now you might say to yourself; I could never put my family behind my recovery. If you say that, it is because you do not yet understand that recovery is all about God. If you are a believer or simply a person wishing to do right you must conclude that Recovery/God must come first or we will lose anything we value, our families, jobs, careers, friends…. All of it will be lost to addiction. So, what have you decided to do today?
Acquaint now yourself with Him [agree with God and show yourself to be conformed to His will] and be at peace; by that [you shall prosper and great] good shall come to you…Receive, I pray you, the law and instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart. Then you will have delight in the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to God. You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you, and you will pay your vows. You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways. ~Job 22:21,22,26-28 (Amp)~
Let us choose for ourselves that which is right; let us know among ourselves what is good. ~Job 34:4 (Amp)~
Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge over pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can be compared with it. “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the LORD will hate evil. That is why I hate pride, arrogance, corruption, and perverted speech. Good advice and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine…” ~Proverbs 8:10-14 (NLT)~
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to understand and accept that my life priorities (1- God 2- Family 3- Work) cannot be altered depending on outside conditions. The difficulties of living a Christian life includes the pull to deviate, sometimes for just a “little bit”, from the way of life, the way of the Cross. Help me be rid of sick rationalizations that keep me from the path to you which your son Jesus cleared for me to take. I ask this in the name above all names, Jesus. Amen.