Recovery: It's a God Thing
Friday April 28, 2017
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: Job 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 (skim it).
I have these two cabinets in my kitchen that are always messy. I hate that. I like my cabinets neat and tidy. I think elves show up in the middle of the night and rearrange my pots and pans into a jumble of chaos just to make my life miserable! I also hate it when my garage and car are messy. Closets? I like those neat as a pin too.
You would not know this if you visited my house. What I like and what I tolerate are often two different things. I realized this about myself as the result of working through step four; once I “got it” – I developed some strategies to “solve it.” Those two cabinets are reasonably neat – the closets, garage and car are works in progress. But I’m getting there – in large part because I took the fourth step.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Honestly, there are probably some things that you’ve spent more time worrying over than it would have taken to acknowledge and resolve. I know that when we’re not living in healthy space we like having unresolved problems to distract ourselves with, but when we do that, we’re wasting our time in needless anxiety. Even a halfway attempt at a fourth step can bring some awesome results. If you’ve been avoiding your fourth step like the plague, just do it halfway. I suspect that a half-done fourth step will be so rewarding that you’ll be pumped to complete it. Let me know if it works for you.