The importance of having someone we can talk to in any circumstances cannot be underestimated. Maybe it is more than one, but the key is to have one or more people in place who will listen, understand and give us the feedback or encouragement we need to handle whatever it is we needed to talk about. Like a potential relapse.
I got called and texted twice this week about how those folks were getting drawn in by the presence of where they were and the presence of using paraphernalia that triggered thoughts of drug use. If they did not have me, or someone like me to call, where would they be today? Making a call or seeking someone out to talk to in person about our problems is not a weakness, it is a sign of growth. It is a sign of trust.
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:15
Asking God to listen is our usual first option, and if we have done this before and received his feedback, we become confident that he understands and will provide an answer. But, having flesh and blood around that confirm the presence of Him through one of his people makes an enormous difference. And knowing that our request to process any storm of internal combustion will be answered by words of calm and potential solutions, gives us that peace that passes all understanding to endure.
It also helps when we decide we can let our guard down and quit trying to be Superman or Superwoman, pretending like we always have it together. None of us who have been through the battles will ever think someone is being weak when they seek help. That's why all of us need to let others know that we do struggle so they feel confident we can be someone they can talk to.
Sonny and Cher sang I Got You Babe, and it may have only been for awhile, but it may have been for that particular time when they needed each other most. Let us always help others know that about us!
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.