Do you remember the bumper stickers that said, “Why be normal?” People placed them on their cars to say to the world, “I am different. My life is not normal.” When we looked at the lives of people who declared “Why be normal?” what we saw were lives being lived out in a very normal and worldly way. These lives went by the world’s standards and were conforming to the customs of its culture. Very few lived their lives outside of what was happening in the society around them.
Christians in recovery live in a completely different way than that of the present day culture. If recovery was exactly like the world’s standards, then it’s not recovery. Christ-centered recovery calls us to be a peculiar people. Our actions, whether toward each other or toward non-recovery people, are not the same as the culture around us. Our language is filled with words like love, grace, mercy, and sacrifice. These words seem almost foreign terms when spoken in the general populace. The actions that go with these words also appear strange to those who do not follow Christ.
As our lives are dependent on Christ, we are a peculiar people to those who don’t know our Savior. The world says that we must be self-sufficient in order to survive. The world says we must keep secrets and not confess our weaknesses. In recovery, we no longer have the need to wear masks and hide our true selves. We are outspoken about the name of our Savior. The world is going to see us as different and odd. We shout with our actions and not with bumper stickers, “We are not normal.”
Written by Jackell.