In a way that was meant to be constructive, regarding making a decision, my good friend said to me the other day "The only thing you and God have in common is that your name begins with the letter G". Ouch!
Sure did not come out constructive but when you examine it from the meaning of what he intended, it meant He knows it all, I know very little. He has the answers, I mostly have questions. He knows the way, I am mostly feeling my way along in life. He makes the rules, I need to keep them not always question them. He has the authority, I have only to obey.
My favorite saying in the process of my recovery has been God Is God, And I am Not and these friendly words were just a reminder of the truth of this. Though simple to say, it is not always easily followed. That brain God gave me tends to want to be creative in making life work the way it wants to and that often contradicts the will of God. The only way I can reel it in is to stay balanced every day by reading and absorbing the word, by having a praying conversation as often as possible with Him, and by talking to folks that share my same belief more than the others that don't.
I can go back over each day as it comes to a close and surely my attitude reflects what I have allowed into my mind and what I have spent the most time with. Easily, I can make simple things greater than God. For example, yesterday I must have read 20 articles about our next Super Bowl Champion Atlanta Falcons, but read only one passage of scripture. Said a lot of prayers, but truthfully most of my thoughts were of football.
Okay maybe for a day to get a little distracted, but not healthy for me to continue that trend. You see I am just rooting for the Birds to win but God already knows the outcome. To stay balanced I need to just realize it is in His hands and just enjoy the outcome this Sunday.
After I go to church of course, and pray that they will win. And, for the infinite time say these words:
God Is God And I Am Not. But also, Go Falcons!
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.