We hear a lot about grace when we go to church or to a recovery meeting…If you’re struggling with recovery, you may have recognized that the folks who talk about grace in their lives seem to be doing well…they seem to be happy, and most of all, grateful.
It certainly sounds like grace is a key to living a fulfilled life as a Christian in recovery. But, what is grace? And how do I obtain it?
Grace is God’s undeserved favor. Simply put, there is nothing anyone can do to obtain grace, and you can’t give it to someone else. Grace comes directly from God. Whom He chooses to grant grace to is His business, and there’s no point in trying to wrap our heads around the reasons why God chooses to do what He does.
Once we recognize how much God has worked in our lives to help us through difficult times, and to break the chains of addiction that once bound us to a life of misery and regret, we can recognize how God’s unconditional love has always been at work in our lives. No matter what we have said, done or thought, God’s unconditional love is constant.
When we understand that this love and power is a gift from God, we can learn humility and begin to realize how much we have to be thankful for. It isn’t easy to be thankful, sometimes. As human beings, we’re stubborn creatures who prefer to see what’s missing in our lives rather than all the incredible gifts we’ve received.
The greatest gift for addicts in recovery is God’s grace. While many have been taken from this life as a direct result of our disease, we live another day. When we can think about recovery in these terms, it certainly puts things in the proper perspective….But, for the grace of God go I…