When our burdens become heavy and we see that our way of life is leading us toward pain, disappointment and death, we may finally become willing to let someone else do the driving. We’ve probably worked hard at trying to get our lives on the right track, but still feel like we always end up on a dead-end street. Many of us have turned to look toward Christ for help but we are still holding onto the steering wheel. We’ve been created with the supreme privilege of freewill, the ability to choose. Even when we are in the bondage of our addictions/behaviors we still have choices confronting us. When we are in recovery, we face the lure of choosing to fall back into our addictions/behaviors. But the freedom to choose brings with it the result of our actions, our choices.
Choices?? Where are your decisions leading you?? Are you ready to take ACTION!
Turn it over
It’s only the beginning
One day at a time
Principle 3 – Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” Matthew 5:5
Accept – The first part of this principle asks us to “choose to commit my life”. Many do not understand that putting off the decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Higher Power, as their Savior, is really a choice to not accept him. In Revelation 3:20 Christ says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If ANYONE hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Commit – It’s only after we accept Jesus Christ that we begin to find the power to act on the second part of this principle, “commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control”. Most of us have tried to run our life on our own power and will, and we’ve found this approach to be less than successful. We need to change our definition of willpower. WILLPOWER is the willingness to accept God’s power. “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:9-10.
Turn it over – We all come to God with a past. Turn over all the big things and the little things in your life to your Higher Power. Jesus Christ wants a relationship with ALL of us. What burdens are you carrying that you might want to turn over to God. We need to hand over our successes and failures, all of our yesterdays and the scars they left in our lives. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.
It’s only the beginning – When we make the choice to accept Jesus Christ as our Higher Power that is a once-in-a-lifetime decision, the most important decision of our lives. The new life that begins with this decision is followed by a lifelong process of growth. Christ will help us keep growing. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:6.
One day at a time – Jesus give us instructions for living in 24-hour segments, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble on its own”, Matthew 6:34. We need to learn to live in TODAY. Everyone would like to go back and change something in their past, and on the other side of that how many of us have wasted today worrying about tomorrow. We can though, with the guidance and direction of our Higher Power, make a difference in the way we live out each one of the todays God’s gives us.
Next step – So what’s the next step….Take Action and work step 3. Make that decision to “turn your live and your will over to the care of God.” I you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Higher Power that’s the step you need to take. Ask Him into your heart to be your personal Savior. If you have already accepted Christ as your Higher Power, then whatever hurt, habit or hang-up that you might be struggling with or holding on to commit to turn it over to Him.
Hi, my name is Janie. I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who is celebrating recovery from an unforgiving heart. I was that person looking toward Jesus for help but couldn’t figure out how to let go of the wheel, driving myself down a path of pain and destruction. What a blessing Celebrate Recovery has been in my life as I found a safe place to find help and hope with others who have also found healing. I invite you to come and join us, check it out for yourselves! The decision is yours.