It was a magical and comical moment this afternoon. After a few hours in 95 degree plus heat, I walked into the customer support office at the Tampa auction, and sat down in the chair of the rep who I turn my expenses for re-imbursement into. When she returned, she saw me sitting in her chair and said "Who is that sitting in my chair?"
Of course I immediately thought of my childhood reading of Jack and the Beanstock and said, "Fe Fi Fum it is just me". Well, the entire office broke into laughter as the heat obviously made me delirious as I forgot the FO, as in Fe Fi Fo Fum. The couldn't stop kidding me about forgetting the FO.
Which obviously made think later while driving how many times we forget the "FO" in life. The FO is that which completes the rhyme of life, that is in the case of a Christian, the things that keep us centered, like prayer, reading a daily meditation, spending time in the word, etc. etc. In the case of a recovering person, the FO is calling a sponsor, reading the Big Book or 12 and 12, going to meetings.
When we forget the FO, bad things begin to happen. David forgot the FO when he saw Bathsheba. Peter forgot his FO when he denied he knew Jesus. One should have been off to war but got complacent, the other forgot what he learned, and got scared. Forgetting the FO is easy, we just plain and simple forget to do what got us where we are supposed to be. Like our FOundation, our FOrtress of salvation, and our need to remember FOrgiveness.
It can cause a faith and/or drug and alcohol relapse.
When you think of it, we are creatures of habit, and when we get out of sync, we have usually gotten out of our routine of support for our faith and our recovery. Doesn't take much, just skipping important things here and there and next thing you know we are out of FOcus.
So I joked that my new slogan was today's new short/hi-tech version of that rhyme, but somehow it just doesn't sound as complete as Fe Fi FO Fum. Please, don't forget your FO today!
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.