Every now and then, into a life come whisperings that old riverbeds, as deep and natural as they may seem, are not necessarily the best riverbeds. Sometimes the flow must change direction for the sake of the future. The current must be reversed and redirected. ~Author Unknown~
The resistance to change will not allow us to make this program of recovery for without change we will continue to hold unto our old ideas and not be rid of the character defects and maligned instincts that caused us to become addicts in the first place.
Most people, especially addicts fear change. It is one of the rationalizations that keep us bound to addictive behavior. The fear of change is greater than the fear of keeping the sickness alive, in spite of the fact that we are headed for sure death. Yes, it is hard to believe that some of us have died and will continue to die because it is easier to suffer the terminal pain of familiarity than to face and experience the fear of the unknown.
Thought for the day
The need to change does not apply only to our addictive behavior regarding our preferred drug of choice be it sex, booze, drugs, food or gambling. It is of paramount importance that we continue our inventory process (Step 10) to uncover and see clearly areas of our life where change is required. It is easy to become set in our ways, and not be open to new experiences, opportunities or ways of doing things. If what you are doing is no longer working, then maybe it’s time to consider a change of direction, or possibly a new way of doing it. If your behavior continues to put you at odds with your fellow man, your employer, your church or your friends’ counsel then; be open and aware of opportunities for change when they appear. Don’t limit yourself to that which has always been.
Now [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to
others]. And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves]. So Abram departed, as the Lord had directed him…
~Genesis 12:1-4 (Amp)~
Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.
~Isaiah 43:19 (NASB)~
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. ~1 Corinthians 15:51,52~