A Slippery Slope…
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. ~African proverb~
It’s easy to recognize a problem area in our lives based on the end result. What we often fail to see are the many small compromises, improper behaviors, or choices that have led up to it. There is a tendency to downplay and rationalize the little everyday decisions that ultimately become bigger issues. Take heed of those little everyday choices, share those with your sponsor or spiritual advisor and understand that there truly are no “little” indiscretions…they are the very foundations upon which the larger ones are built.
Thought for the day
We may see ourselves putting time away from our last acting out episode and gain a false sense of security and comfort. These periods are often met with disastrous results, just like the Evil one desires, and back again we return to the merry go round of our addictive behavior.
As the meditation suggests, we need not worry about a slip, after all, a period of relapse always precedes the actual slip. If we don’t allow ourselves to get into relapse we will never act out! Let us then concentrate on doing the right things, concentrate on spiritual growth and on being a person of integrity and character. If we work (take action) on the modification of our behavior, in all areas of our lives, we will not have to deal with any acting out episodes,
Let us not become distracted and influenced by the secular lies we hear each day. Unlike what we see and hear…it is still wrong to sin!
Godly people do not compulsively gamble, regularly get drunk, drug or act out sexually. Not because they don’t want to, but because they don’t have to!
We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead. Don’t be fooled, my dear friends. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens…He wanted us to be his own special people, and so he sent the true message to give us new birth. Hearing and Obeying My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things that God wants done. You must stop doing anything immoral or evil. Instead be humble and accept the message that is planted in you to save you. Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. If you hear the message and don’t obey it, you are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget. ~James 1:14-25 (CEV)~
Father God, it is so easy to allow ourselves to see a reality that is not based on your Truth. Help me today to stay in Your will for me and I will truly receive the benefits of living a life that is dedicated to growing in the image and likeness of my creator, that’s YOU Abba! Help me not desert you, help me not distance myself from you. I ask this through the very precious blood of your son, my Lord and Savior, the Christ, Jesus. Amen!