Remember that game show Let's Make A Deal? Always there was a choice as to which door your best deal was behind, and the adventure was always fun to watch, especially if the contestant picked the actual best deal. Wouldn't it be great if life offered us the same? What would our best deal be like?
If we look at it, the process of addiction does have access to those three doors, although they are much more serious choices. However, there is one door that offers the adventure of a lifetime, and is filled with prizes that will definitely satisfy our needs. But choosing that door is often the last choice and a preliminary roller coaster ride is what we take to get there. Are you ready?
Door #1 has hidden behind it the use of alcohol and drugs to medicate our feelings or find an escape from the reality of life. It is called Chemical Addiction. It terrorizes families, destroys friendships and wreaks havoc on our health and self-esteem. But it is a familiar door where we find temporary comfort, and if we let it, it can become a locked up door in more ways than one.
Door #2 is a door that is often hidden in the lives of church attendees, so-called normal families and in high rollers lifestyles. It is the medication of emotional pain and high stress living through less obvious methods like work, sex,food, relationships, prescription drugs, etc. It is called Process Addiction. Less obvious and harder to detect than Door #1, but a rampant choice none the less. This one has a termite effect on life, it slowly eats away at the heart and soul and is usually justified by the phrase "this is what I need to do to get by, but I can quit any time I choose."
Door #3 is one that contains the best prizes of this world behind it, it is filled with freedom. It's popular phrase is ".....then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free". It is a door that opens wide to an all access of love, peace, joy and happiness. It opens to a world of incredible relationships, confidence, self esteem of the highest magnitude, and it is a door that never closes because it is unlocked by grace. It has gifts that keep on giving every day.
To be honest there is no logical explanation why it took so long for me to choose Door #3. How about you?
In the "Open House" meeting on July 27th in our ATB class, and in our new series we will announce this Sunday for the month of August, we will talk about the keys to unlocking that door to freedom. It will be informational, uplifting and possibly life changing. And it will always be pointing toward a relationship with He that holds the keys to choosing the right door.
Everyone is invited to join us on this brief but spectacular journey, details to follow.
In His Love, Glenn
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.