I remember how much I enjoyed watching the game show "Let's Make A Deal" when it first aired. All the excitement of winning prizes and the choices of doors that had hidden treasures behind them, and then to watch the reaction of the contestants when they chose was totally entertaining.
That was fun. Recovery is not. But there are some similarities between this show and the doors we choose when dealing with addiction. The obvious doors we have the pick of are #1 Incarceration, #2 Death or #3 Recovery. Some others may add constant misery but I count that in #1 as internal incarceration. These are our choices, but the words of the popular song "I Believe I Can Fly" give us another Open Door which leads us to pick door #3.
I used to think that I could not go on, and life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love, I'm leaning on the everlasting arms
If I can see it, then I can be it, If I just believe it there's nothing to it
I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day, spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar, I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly, I believe I can fly, I believe I can fly
The Open Door to recovery can be surrendering, working the steps, finding a sponsor but in addition to that the real answer that unlocks our souls to make the right choice comes from leaning on the everlasting arms of a loving and grace filled God.
He gives us a formula how to do that in Matthew 7:7-8: Ask and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock and the door will be opened. In simple terms, Door#1 is to ASK for his help and to open your heart, Door#2 is to SEEK his guidance and will for your life, and Door #3 is to KNOCK and don't stop knocking because this is the right door to a better and sober life.
Eventually the door will be opened wide and you will run through it to freedom in those everlasting arms. And you will spread your wings and fly like the eagle God intended you 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.