Anyone who knows me well knows how I feel about the late 70's and 80's icon Chaka Khan. Special voice, passion for life and when I hear one of her songs my day inevitably turns good. Her songs were made popular in an era when my life was going sideways, but now that I have sobered up, I can enjoy the songs without regret.
This song title Do You Love What You Feel sums us what I feel about this ministry we are working in at ATB. You certainly don't love the things that we the dysfunctional people did to get here, but you do love what gets us straightened out, That would be the healing power of Jesus and the 12 Step process of behavior change.
Not only that but when you see lives change, the seeds you plant in people's hearts begin to grow, well, you know then that the good Lord has turned your dysfunction into a functional asset to His work. You look out into a meeting and see faces that want to change, want a spiritual presence in their lives, and you see someone's child that took a u-turn, and it humbles you to know you can make a great difference by just spreading a message of good news.
Not an ego thing, it is a spiritual high that for sure tells you that what you are doing is in God's plan, his will be done. Not that we are great, but that as he blesses what we do, we become His greatness, we become a pathway to his open gate. Not that we are the Good Shepherd but that he makes us his good shepherds that help lead others to green pastures.
Man, I can kick back, listen to Chaka belt out this previously dysfunctional song, and just smile thinking that I totally love what I feel because I Love What He Does To Me. That would be the Holy Spirit dancing in my heart because it has a whole new meaning to me!
And I love what He does to others!
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.