Yesterday's events at our dealership only heightened my desire to write this blog sooner. Two good friends and fellow employees lost their jobs, but the good news is that both are talented people and will soon land another gig. While we all want to believe that life can be stable, we must learn to enjoy the good times because as Jesus warned us, things can change quickly.
It is so easy to build our lives around relationships, jobs, money, and sometimes noble, but not the right causes. We think we have a plan, maybe we asked God to bless it, instead of asking if it was right to be in this place, that relationship or to be so fanatical about Georgia/Alabama football, we just went that way, never asking direction.
I say all of this because in my present job with many responsibilities, I can easily get off track, getLost In Space!
The Bible times get cut short, the prayers don't seem as meaningful, you get short with other people, you can't sleep as well, and a few choice words even slip out of you mouth from time to time. Yes, been there done that recently! But fortunately in learning the process of the Steps, there is one that the guidance of the Holy Spirit has helped me master.
Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it!
I love how they included the word promptly because they knew we could keep putting off something like this. It must be done now, not later! Recently I read a quote about how the ancient Hebrew Law only focused on "having no other gods before me" as the basis of finding good moral behavior. I understand that thinking because anything we put before God becomes a form of idolatry and takes us away from our intended purpose. We get Lost In Space with no active GPS!
So the balance of life, learning not to put too much importance in anything other than a great relationship with the Lord, will sustain us when it all comes crashing down in divorce, loss or catastrophe. The gods we have mistakenly followed will have no empowerment over us if we know who is God and who is not. It all comes down to this.....
If we don't know what planet to land on, we will always remain orbiting around in darkness, forever Lost In Space!
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.