“So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” Matthew 6:34 (TLB)
Have you ever had a day when you just didn’t want to deal with all the stuff? I think we all have days like that, but what happens when you ignore stuff day after day, when the days become the “tomorrows” of life? Let me share a story with you.
I had been in recovery for seven years and I was doing everything right; at least it appeared that way. I was attending meetings regularly, going to church, fully engaged with my sponsor and sponsoring others. But I had a little secret that I was keeping to myself; I wasn’t dealing with issues I had encountered at work, deeming them “not important enough” to include in my daily 10th Step: “We continued to take a personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” These “little issues” went on and on and I kept sweeping them under the rug; a little denial, a little rationalization, no big deal.
After work one day I pulled into my driveway and froze, literally. I couldn’t move, couldn’t talk, all I could do was cry. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, nothing major had occurred that day. The next day I saw my doctor and he told to me I was depressed and I needed some help. It took three sessions with a very wise therapist when he gave me his diagnosis and treatment plan. Dana, he said, you have a situational depression that has stopped you in your tracks, but you also have the tools to move past it. The problem is you are not using those tools consistently. He was talking about the 12 steps of recovery and the one I kept giving lip service to was step 10.
I learned a valuable lesson from that experience; don’t waste today. Start your day with God and end your day with God and in the time between, live your day to the fullest. If you have an amends to make, then make it. If you need to offer forgiveness then offer it. If you need to have discussions with people then do it. When you review your day be honest about the whole day; ask God to reveal to you the truth and ask for the courage to make the corrections you need to make, and on the flip side, don’t forget to thank God for the things you have done well.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 Corinthians 10:12
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
November 20-26, 2017
Friday, November 24: Celebration Night
- 6 pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for dinner and fellowship.
- 7 pm: Join us for worship and and inspirational testimonies.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups
- 9pm: Sold Rock Café
- A new Men’s 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 146. Enrollment is open.