Before coming into recovery, many of us had difficulty when it came to changes that needed to occur in our lives. We were blinded by the enemy and couldn’t see there was a need for us to change the attitudes, values, and beliefs that were causing us to stumble. We had glimpses of needing to change, but we had no idea how to make changes in our lives. Nothing changes if nothing changes. When nothing changes, we get stuck and our lives progressively get worse.
In recovery, we learn to embrace change. Change is no longer our enemy. Christ has put us in this place called recovery for a reason. That reason is to help us grow and mature in our faith journeys with Him. Change is central to recovery. When we look at the 12 steps, we see the 6th and 7th steps focus on asking God to help us identify our character defects and remove our shortcomings, respectively. Change is an ongoing process in our recovery journeys. We are being renewed day by day.
Christ has called us to a life of growth and change. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, but we are in a continual state of growth. We are either moving forward or drifting backward. There is no staying in one place with our recoveries. An old saying in recovery is that we only have to change one thing about ourselves – everything. We can either embrace Christ’s change for ourselves or attempt to stay stuck in our old ways. Embracing change means that we are allowing Christ to do things in our lives that we never dreamt possible.
Written by Jackell.