Everyone is struggling with something in their lives. We each have jobs, family, finances, and loss that at times can weigh heavily on us. It’s difficult to imagine that so many people are facing difficulties. Even Believers struggle with all the things the rest of the world faces. It is in particular Believers who struggle because we are at war with the enemy and he is doing everything he can to attack us.
People are entering the rooms of recovery seeking relief from whatever drove them there. No one ever woke up one day and said to themselves, “I know, today I’ll go check out that recovery ministry. I have nothing better to do.” Going to a recovery group and stepping inside the meeting can be extremely difficult. We see many people who struggle just to get out of their cars. The long walk through the parking lot to the meeting location seems to last forever when it’s someone’s first meeting. The fear of the known becomes greater than the fear of the unknown. We know our lives are in a mess, but we have no idea what will be in store for us in recovery.
Being in recovery, we know what it’s like to experience fear of the new and unknown. Having compassion for others, like Christ had compassion for us, propels us to reach out to everyone new to recovery. And, we also show compassion to everyone who has made recovery their home. We are all on this journey together. Compassion opens our hearts to love as Jesus loves. When we have compassion, we understand our need for each other.
Written by Jackell.