Recovery meetings often have moments that are unforgettable. There is raw emotion, the honesty, the unusual nature of some things, the "God" moments, and those moments when you just wonder, what was that?
This week we have been talking about two related topics, The Disconnect and The Connect. The overall point is that disconnection is one of the main drivers of addiction and many other unfortunate situations. When given a life of connection, where we have close relationships with family, friends and others, when we have meaning of purpose overall, we thrive and are way less likely to do destructive things.
So in one very special meeting with eight young people (all under 30), it was a challenge to deal with a very, very short attention span, but it was going along quite well. I showed a video that you may wish to view (Everything You Thought You Knew About Addiction Is Wrong - Ted Talk) and their response was great.
To further add a personal twist on connection, I spoke about how when I came to the Lord, that blood he shed for me entered my veins and began to immediately connect and re-connect me to God and the human race that I was disconnected from. One of the people there said, "yes, I understand, it was a lot like that Zombie movie where he was injected with a special blood serum and came back to life."
This began to spark a conversation about Zombie movies among them in which they all participated in fervently. I thought about interrupting and getting back to to the topic, but quickly realized this was the topic in a strange sort of way. After about five minutes of just observing, I said, "You guys just proved the point, when we are connected we all feel excited and relevant".
It was a spectacular meeting, and ended with them opening up about the disconnections that had led them to where they are now. Jesus And Zombies seemed to be a very unusual mix, but in this case it helped connect the dots of relationship.
May we never forget that God can use anything to make his point, even if that is not how we intended it to be!
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.