“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
During this busy time of year, it’s important to take a moment and count your blessings. This season is a time for gratitude, and a life in Christ and recovery offers a lot to be thankful for. For some, this time of year can be a reminder of time wasted in addiction instead of serving others through God. When these feelings take hold, it’s important to remember that it is through suffering we come to know the grace of God.
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Instead of dwelling on a negative past, take the opportunity to use your experience to enlighten those around you. Every trial is necessary in order to be restored and strengthened. If you begin to get down on yourself, turn to scripture and remember that all of your pain and suffering serves a greater purpose. You have been released from the bondage and suffering of addiction, and now it is time to be a beacon of hope in the lives of others.
Let your light so shine before others, so that they may see your good and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Christmas is meant to be a joyful time spent with family and loved ones to celebrate life, love and blessings from God. Trust in the Lord, and let your faith be a living example of the power of Christ and recovery. Always remember, being clean and sober is the greatest gift you can give yourself, your family, loved ones, and Savior.