From the Apostle Paul, A Plan
When Paul wrote, “What I should do, I don’t, and what I shouldn’t, I do” he summed up one reason why life trips me up. (Romans 7) Not as funny as my favorite Christmas pillow –Dear Santa, I can explain – Paul’s lament is handy advice for trying something new so that the same old things don’t happen. It describes change!
I hate the syrupy chant: Be the Change! What a crock – the more things change, the curmudgeon in me says, the more they stay the same! But as a man who knew trouble wrote:
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor Frankl
So I Did Something That Surprised Even Me
Changing for me meant. . .
Do what you know you should, and cut out the s.t.u.f.f.* you know you shouldn’t do – just for today, or an hour.
A couple of changes I chose to make because my sponsor recommended them:
Thinking a drink through
Asking for help
Listening to suggestions and
Putting a few of them into practice . . . it won’t kill me. A drink might.
Change for me still depends on two other C’s. Make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE, or my life will never CHANGE! (Change Means Exchanging Weapons for Tools)
Remember: When you are through changing, you are through. ~ Bruce Barton
Now just might be a good time to give ourselves a gift – the gift of change – and accept it with grace.What do you think?
God Bless you dear reader in all the changes this day may bring, and all you make.
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful
* The ACRONYM
- Stupid choices
- Toxic thoughts and words
- Unwise actions
- Failing to avoid the wrong things
Failing to do the right things