Monday night as we honored the incredible 10 year journey of sobriety for Willie Mae, we spoke about how catch phrases stick in our minds. Most advertisers know that there has to be a take away line that reminds the consumer of their product. Remember these?
Where's The Beef
Fly The Friendly Skies
How Do You Spell Relief
This Bud's For You
You Deserve A Break Today
And we could go on and on. Another fact for those of us with ADHD, addiction and multiple attention problems is that you better catch us hard and fast with words to have them stick. You could also say that reading and memorizing scripture can be hard to remember especially in a crisis, but if we can remember just a few words:
The Lord Is My Shepherd.....
Love Never Fails....
Christ Is Risen....
Feed My Sheep.....
Two Are Better Than One.....
Pick your own -they will pop up when you need them or when you see something that triggers the phrase. In the early days of the recovery ministry we took a few words from a Don McLaughlin sermon and turned them into an incredible movement of God. You Can Make It.......there were songs, signs and shouts of it everywhere as it became a call to recovery through the great healer Jesus Christ.
Now, in honor of Willie Mae we have a new one for those of us who are still trying to get one hour, one day, one year clean and sober, and also those others who are struggling with some form of sin that is in danger of becoming addictive. These words come from that Hall & Oates song with the catchy beat:
I Can't Go For That.
Very simply it is a very loose translation of Jesus words, "Go and sin no more.....". Some of us who have been upside down may forget that scripture but we can remember that song, those words.
Take a listen to it when you get a chance, write it on a card and put it in your wallet, and remember that the Lord used another version of those words to dismiss the devil when he was tempted, "Away from me Satan!", and shortly later the devil left him and the angels rallied around his side.
Pick your words to remember, away from me Satan, go and sin no more or whatever is easy for you. For me the words keep pounding over and over in my head, and I pray they will stay there.
I Can't Go For That. It will remind me whose advertising slogan I need to pay attention to!
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.