When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Psalm 126:1-3
When I was very young I had a dream of being a Major League Baseball player. I would spend hours practicing my swing by hitting rocks into a cemetery and throwing the ball against a wall to an imaginary batter. I did great until High School, realizing my talent level was only ordinary and I could only go so far on my own abilities and power.
My life seemed to play out that way for many years as I turned myself elsewhere to find where my talents could best be used. I found incredible success in sales, which led to great success in coaching basketball, but for every great thing there was a fall into a bad thing. My alcoholism doomed my family and career, my attempts at greatness were only a fleeting moment of stardom. My own abilities were limited by my propensity to fail.
Then in 1984 I met the one who never fails, the one who makes ordinary things look great and as the Promises of A.A, state "sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly" I began to realize the true talents God had placed on my life. And in that realization came the understanding that He wanted me to not just dream, but to dream big because His dreams are very big.
As a result of realizing those dreams comes the fulfillment of great things that God wants me, and each one of us to do. And when we accomplish those things, we become glad, very glad, because the Lord has restored Zion, he has given us his ultimate greatness, Jesus Christ!
Now I'm laughing. At all the dumb things I did that God has turned into great things by turning on the power in my life that I could never do by myself.
No more hitting rocks into a cemetery, he has better things for me to do!
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.