Welcome to The COVID-19 Devotionals | Day WHATEVER?
I needed a break yesterday so you’ll need to forgive me for not posting. Hopefully, you had a chance to catch up on any content that you missed.
During a recent conversation with a friend, I was reminded of the dark cesspool that forms around addiction and whose growth is fueled by the addict. Another friend recently celebrated his 10,000th day of sobriety. That’s pretty mindblowing amazing. For one friend, his relative remains mired in addiction with little hope of freedom; at least not on this side of heaven. For my other friend, an avid biker, the only chains that concern him these days are the ones on his bicycle. He has found freedom.
Having struggled with addictions of various forms, shapes, and sizes for the majority of my life, I can relate (thankfully) to both men in these situations. I say thankfully because I could only know one—the one burdened by addiction. But by God’s grace, I know what it is to live free from addiction. As my friend celebrated his 10,000th day of freedom, I could sense the joy oozing out between the lines that he wrote sharing his monumental moment with the world. Yet, during the conversation with my other friend, I could hear the frustration and hurt that the active addict wrought on his family, even though he lived thousand’s of miles away.
These conversations are vital in my daily existence. They remind me of where I’ve been and of the promise today brings.
The juxtaposition of these two very different stories is where I find myself living in today. The past number of days has been laced with a dark mood for me. There is a somber growl permeating my being. I’ve been agitated and grumpy (how’s that for shining the light of Jesus) but those are only symptoms. As I explained to a friend, I’ve learned not to fight the darkness when it comes, but rather just let it be. If I fight it, it sticks around longer. I’ve also learned that it is precisely in these moments that God is teaching me something, even though I may not get it right away. I recognize that the Holy Spirit is working on me amid this inner gloom.
Keeping life simple and being in the moment are keys to my sobriety. Getting lost in the past or walking too far in the future really is not good for me. For me, life is about today.
God is the lord and king of new beginnings. I know that in Christ, I am a new creation. I know that my chains are gone and that I’ve been set free. I know that it works if I work it and that during the darkness I can’t forget what God revealed to me in the light. I know that God is trustworthy and faithful and that the same God who delivered the Israelites from Egypt, delivered me from addiction. He’s the one I worship. He’s the one I praise.
In the middle of this COVID-19 crisis, it can be hard to figure out what’s up and what’s down. The stress can kill you. It can cause you to get caught up in things you don’t want to be caught up in. It may lead you to overmedicate to numb the anxiety and kill the fear. You think that sometimes it feels better to feel nothing at all. To be comfortably numb.
While the world is swirling in the stew of COVID-19, life for you hasn’t stopped. People you love are still dying. There isn’t a river that runs deep and wide enough to hold your overflowing bucket of tears. You think, a little this or that won’t hurt me. I can do it. I can handle it. I’m grown. But it’s a lie that the devil loves to whisper in your ear and that he’s been telling humanity since the days of Eden—‘Surely God didn’t say…”
If you’re struggling today know that you’re not alone. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, there’s a light at the end of the road. Walk toward it. You don’t have to be the sum total of all your messy secrets or the victim of your circumstances. That’s right—you don’t have to live that way. You can experience freedom. You can know the God of new beginnings. You can live your better life starting today.
5 Scriptures About the God of New Beginnings:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. — Lamentations 3:22-23
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
— Isaiah 43:19
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” — Isaiah 65:17
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” — Ezekiel 11:19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
Five Addiction Recovery Mottos:
- First Things First.
- Every journey starts with a single footstep. Focus on the moment in front of you, not the one lurking in the rearview mirror or looming over the horizon.
- Easy Does It.
- Keep calm. Don’t let anxiety, pressure, and worry get you down. Still the body, quieten the mind.
- Live and Let Live.
- Focus on you and your sobriety. You don’t control others and others can only influence you if you let them.
- But for the Grace of God.
- Another person’s tragic situation could be your own. But, thankfully, it’s not. Be humble, be grateful. God’s got you.
- One Day at a Time.
- Sobriety is now, in this very moment. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has enough worry of its own.
Friend, sometimes when we’re in the middle of it all, we can get caught up in the difficulty of the journey and forget the grace God provides us today. Don’t forget in the dark, what God revealed to you in the light.
We continue to pray for you. Yes, it’s a difficult time. But, there’s beauty in every day too. Don’t forget to find it. Long may you run. Thanks for reading the COVID-19 Devotionals.
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ABOUT: The Devotional Guy™ is a writing ministry of Rainer Bantau, Highly skilled in listening, caring, and helping others as they navigate life’s challenges, he shares helps, hope, and insights on his blog, The Devotional Guy™.