"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye"
How many times this week have you been disappointed by someone? Does it seem like no one can do the right thing or keep a promise?
Are your expectations of the human race taking a jolt because no one will listen to you? As David often says, SELAH!
Recently it seems we have had a rash of disappointing things happen in the ATB ministry, and, though I know it is a difficult thing to understand, people who are or have been involved in addiction are a work in progress. I know first hand because I am a recovering person who has had to reduce that plank in my own eye of dysfunctional behavior so that I can see clearly the folks across from me. And you know something, compared to the things I used to do and still have to work on, they don't look so bad. So my disappointment is a rare occurrence. Let me explain.
When I look at how much I have been forgiven for, I sink to my knees in disbelief that any God anywhere would put up with me. True, I may be much better, but I have not forgotten what led me to my surrender to Christ, and I never will. I was broken, disillusioned and disturbed, but it all was forgiven at the cross, and now I struggle daily to stay between the lines. There is no struggle when I follow the path of the Holy Spirit, but the struggle is to always stay on that path.
This is not something I deserve credit for, it is only what the Lord would have me do -be humble, be forgiving and look for opportunities to make a difference. I know this is not an easy concept to grasp, especially for the really good folks who never had to struggle with this addiction or major dysfunction thing.
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.