This has been on my heart to share for quite some time. I love my Meditations for the Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Journey book. There are such great small devotionals packed on each page. Every Step has it coinciding Bible Verse and then a variety of people who have gone through 12 Step Programs have written a devotional with another Scripture and story. The following meditation is from Step 4: made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Even if you are not in a 12 Step program, I believe everyone, addicts/non addicts, Christians/Non Christians, can get a lot inner peace and things to think about.
You don’t have to meditate on the following, but read mindfully and think about it. Can it impact your life or someone else that you know?
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
I’m blessed to have a number of fine of brothers-in-law. One in particular has persevered under great trial. He faithfully attended to the needs of his infirm parents until their deaths. He currently oversees care for his older sister, who entered a convalescent hospital after she lost her husband and her mental health. He provides support and counsel for his emontionally unstable younger sister who lives in an adult day care facility. And finally, he is a dedicated husband and father, providing for my sister and her three children.
Just as my brother-in-law has persevered under trial, even so must we who are in recovery. We may not have family to care for, but we have ourselves. In a very real sense we are two people in one body. We have an infirm half and a responsible half. Our infirm side has to admit our powerlessness to care for ourselves; and our responsible half has to exercise faith our in God to restore us to sanity. Our infirm part has to make the decision to turn our lives and wills over to God’s care; and our responsible side must continue to of our persevere by taking an inventory of our defects and sins.
Caring for the infirm is not easy, but the rewards are great: serenity and peace with God, ourselves, and others.
God, I know that the way is not easy and the road is long. Give me strength to endure and succeed.
*my favorite part is what I put in bold print. I can read it over and over again and it just blows my mind….