The Real Victory…
I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self. ~Aristotle~
In this age of so-called self awareness and enlightenment , with the world screaming ever louder for us to simply give in to our fleshly desires and “go for it”, so many are deceived into believing that this is the road to self-actualization. The real truth is quite the opposite…in that it is only through conquering those base desires and learning to live for a higher purpose, that real freedom and victory are realized.
Thought for the day
The core belief that we are to be servants rather than masters to be served is indeed a by product of the paradigm shift that we must all experience if we are to get into recovery and stay there.
Here are a few questions to help you get to the truth of your condition and existence?
Do I contain my selfish desires? This is not a question just about sex!
Am I serving others?
Do I love and support others as well as my own?
If I have been sober for any length of time and I am supposed to be working my maintenance steps am I sponsoring others? Am I working the 12th Step?
Am I trying to do the will of God or just following my own while “trying to be good” person?
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the courses of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.