Be strong…in Him!
If you’re worried about falling off the bike, you’ll never get on.
It can be quite a fearful thing to step out into the unknown, and try something new or different. When we first get sober the thought of a lifetime without access to our best buddy (addiction) can be overwhelming and frightening. Don’t allow that fear to immobilize you and keep you from that which you know in your heart you have been called to. As you begin to walk in sobriety, rest assured, that the help and assurance that you need will always be there as you go forward. The program works! You will never have to face recovery alone. The first step is the most difficult. Have faith and hope in the vision of a clean (inside and out) happy, independent you. Get a sponsor (listen to him/her) and invite your God (3rd Step) to take over your rotten, pitiful, joyless and unproductive life. Within a short time, if you do your part, you will see firsthand how divine providence takes over to fulfill your destiny. Well, what are you waiting for?
Thought for the day
Am I being an agent for God in recovery? Do I recognize the incredible responsibility that I have been given to proclaim the awesome power of God in 12 Step rooms? Do I defend and promote the 12 Steps as the only solution to all our dilemmas? Am I a light to others in the darkness of addiction? Do I speak out boldly to proclaim what I know to be Truth regardless of who is at the meetings I attend or am I concerned about upsetting those who seek “the easier softer way”? Am I being all that I can be?
Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.
~Deuteronomy 31:6 (Amp)~
…”Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.” ~1 Chronicles 28:20 (NLT)~
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
~Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)~
But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] ~John 14:26,27 (Amp)~