“Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of our tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” Matthew 6:34 (TLB)
One day at a time; this recovery phrase has been around a long time. I know one of the great lessons recovery has taught me about simplifying my life is to live it one day at a time. Sounds simple, but very hard to do. Most things in recovery seem to follow this track. It’s hard to live one day at a time when your past has a strangle hold on you, and worrying about your future is the follow-up story for the day. When you keep one foot in yesterday and the other in tomorrow, all you do is waste today.
Celebrate Recovery has a process in place to gain freedom from the past. As I have worked through this process over the years I can see how I would have done many things differently; made better choices, focused more on my family, and especially in my relationship with God. But the reality we come to in recovery is that we can’t go back and change one thing about our past. But what we can do is take a hard look at it, own our part in it, make amends for harm we have done to others, and forgive those who have harmed us. It takes time, hard work and a whole lot of God, but freedom from our past is attainable and relational restoration is a real possibility.
Living in the future, worrying about things I can’t control, will rob me of today as well. It’s not that I don’t have dreams and goals to accomplish, but if all I do is fantasize about them or worry about them then I have robbed myself of today, giving my future over to fear instead of trusting God to lead the way.
Today is where I need to live; it’s the only day I can do anything about. By relying on Jesus and turning my will over to him daily I have a chance to make a difference in my life and in others as well. I teach this philosophy as it has been taught to me. I use it at work all the time when people are in crisis and overwhelmed. We simplify a problem into manageable pieces; what can you do the next hour, the next 2 hours to get a handle on the situation. What can you do right now to give you strength to be successful; for me it can be a quick prayer in a moment of quietness, just getting grounded. That’s what one day at a time is; living in today, moment by moment to deal with pressures and problems in a meaningful way as we meet the demands of our reality. The payoff of such an approach can be decreased anxiety and wasted energy, an increase in the potential to make better choices, and an ongoing awareness of how God is present in every second of every day in our lives.
“Be still and know I am God.” -Psalms 46:10
I will leave you with this question: If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, what is the one thing you can do today to simplify your life?
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
April 2-8, 2018
Friday, April 6: Teaching Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for dinner and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and a message on Step 6, “Ready.”
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Sold Rock Café.
- A new Men’s Chemical Addiction 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland in Room 138. For more details, contact [email protected].
- A new Men’s Mixed Issue 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland Conference Room. For more details, contact [email protected].