There are certain phrases, catchwords and slogans that we pick up and love to repeat either as fun or inspiration. Some more than others are automatic responses to a situation, and like you, I have Bible verses that inspire me daily in each different circumstance. But there are others that also help us through the most difficult times.
This week's groups were highlighted by the topic DBNO which is a compact, Urban Dictionary catchphrase for Down But Not Out. Great inspiration for us all to get up off the deck when we have been knocked down by situations in life or our own bad decisions. All the Rocky movies come to mind. He never quit getting up even though he was knocked around, nearly knocked out and always counted out because of his talent or age.
But the greatest comeback story of all was that man who lived on this earth for 33 years who was mistaken for a magic man, a blasphemer, and a mere prophet. He told folks things they did not necessarily want to hear, he hung out with the wrong crowd, and acted very anti-establishment. He kept telling everyone he could that if you looked at Him you were looking at God and that made most of them mad, except for the ones he healed.
And then he kept saying I will be leaving for awhile, but I will come back, but nobody really understood what he meant. Then they killed him, nailed him to a cross because of jealously and misunderstanding. And, his closest disciples even doubted that he was who he said he was because he died and didn't save them, or so they thought.
Then came the resurrection, the redemption and the hope of mankind that we too could be redeemed from our sins and our bad habits, like addiction. He was truly DBNO but his comeback gave us hope that we too could follow Him to redemption.
Yes, we could hit rock bottom, but we didn't have to stay there; there is hope beyond our dope.
There is more that we talked about, but so difficult to fit in a blog. But know this please: you may look knocked out, you may feel knocked out, but those three people in your corner between rounds are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost urging you to keep ducking, keep punching, because they will never let you get knocked out if you believe in them.
We are also champs because He became our Champion!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.