A message from pastor Michael Eleveld
This is the week of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving embraces a mindset of gratitude, and it’s a powerful thing. One of the essential tools of recovery from addiction is changing the way we think about life and circumstances. Embracing an attitude of gratitude helps addicts break from the victim mentality where everyone and everything is to blame for their addiction.
The Bible places a great deal of emphasis on right thinking. This essential tool of gratitude is extremely biblical in its application.
In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Paul exhorts believers to “…destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” In a nutshell, Paul is encouraging us to tear down wrong thinking and replace it with right thinking.
One of the best ways to do this is to work daily on a gratitude list. Survey your life and circumstances and intentionally look for the good things in the way God is blessing you. They are there if you just look. We have a tendency to see only the bad; sure, bad things happen, but if we are not careful we can get myopic and see only the bad. Purposefully looking for the good and dwelling on it will encourage our hearts and fuel our recovery.
Notice how Paul addresses that very subject in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is pure, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Think about these things with purposeful intent and grateful hearts this Thanksgiving and every day that follows.