We are creatures of habit. We will either have negative, self-destructive habits or we will have positive, life-affirming habits. In recovery, we learn how to move away from habits that break us down towards habits that build us up and change the directions of our lives. Habits can either kill us or they can be the catalyst for whatever we dream for our lives.
Many of us come into recovery with a wide range of self-destructive habits. Many of us come to recovery because we struggled with an addiction-type habit. Once we stopped feeding our addiction habits, we found out quickly that our addictions were simply the symptom of other deep-seated problems. Many of us looked deeper and found that we had habits that caused us to turn to our addictions to alcohol, drugs, lust, control, co-dependency, and many other issues. We were addicted to negative self-talk and had never formed good habits of healthy self-soothing.
Today, our habits are changing away from self-doubt, negative self-talk, and other unhealthy ways we deal with stress and anxiety. We are developing new habits that help us fulfill our dreams and lead us towards better relationships with Christ and others. We develop the habit of reading Scripture and meditating on God’s Word. We read recovery devotionals each day and now have a habit of growing in Christ and in our recovery journey. We develop a habit of being less about ourselves and more about serving Christ and others. Our habits keep us stuck or they move us forward towards the life Christ has promised for us.
Written by Jackell.