We've witnessed great strides in the recovery community as a whole. And, while I am excited for what we've achieved together, I know we all have our work cut out for us. There are still many hurdles in our fight against addiction, and I believe we will be called upon to do more, reach higher, and challenge ourselves in greater ways than ever before.
Let me ask you something. When you think about your life, are you satisfied with what you see? I wonder, is it possible all the tension and chaos we’ve experienced over the last few years have been trying to teach us something about ourselves? If so, what on earth can we do about it?
Well, I have spent considerable time trying to figure that out and had almost decided I was powerless to do anything. I know that “powerless” is a popular word in the recovery field. But are we powerless -- really?
I don’t think so. In fact, I think there are many ways I can use my power for good. I know it will take some courage on my part. So, I decided to turn my attention back to the origin of it all. For me that’s my relationship with myself and my Creator.
Ernest Hemingway said, “Courage is grace under pressure.” And I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some pressure-filled moments. Yet through them all, Grace upon Grace has fallen over my life.
I’m so thankful I didn’t die before I got to experience the true love of my family. I’m so grateful I didn’t die before I was given the opportunity to serve others and make a difference in my community. And I am eternally grateful I didn’t die before getting to know the reason for it all -- my relationship with God. These are powerful statements, fueled with healing, energy, and bravery.
So, what about you? What is your bravery story? We all have one. When is the last time you shared it? Today I’m encouraging you to tell anyone who will listen about your bravery, your courage, and your healing. Tell them how grace has fallen over your life-- time and time again. Share it often! This is what fuels our passion!
When we find ourselves feeling powerless over what we see in our world, I think the most courageous thing we can do is to share our own stories of healing and hope. I know it's hard to be vulnerable, but our honesty and transparency can make a real difference.
So, please let us know how you're called to be brave. We want to hear and share your inspiration with others. Who knows, maybe together we can spark a movement that inspires and empowers the world around us.
After these past few years, I think we could all use that, don’t you?