Some of my favorite go to verses in the Bible are in Isaiah 40:29-31 which is packed with hope and encouragement for all of us:
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
In these past four years of ATB's existence we have experienced every emotion in these verses because in addiction recovery we travel a hard road. It is not for the faint of heart, it is for those who never give up even in the face of overwhelming odds to fail. Even when those closest to us fail we continue on to help the next person as in "next man up". And when those who fail come home we greet them with open arms.
For us and the amazing sober living facilities we partner with, we must learn to soar above the fray of mediocrity and chaos and reach for the proverbial stars of light that God provides. We must use his power to soar when things look the bleakest as those who misunderstand our mission to foster redemption attempt to move us to a convenient corner rather than offer greater support.
Ours is a difficult business but one we choose with eyes wide open knowing that God has an endless supply of power, despite our shortcomings, to provide the strength and energy for us to run when we are weary and walk without fainting. We fly together in a pattern much like the world famous Blue Angels performing the most difficult stunts that most thought impossible, mirroring that majestic eagle's flight.
We are imperfection flying in a pattern of His brilliance, not only angelic, but ever soaring to reach one more person to join us on this journey. It is certainly a non-stop flight!
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.