Surrender: The word itself seems negative. The great generals of history have uttered sayings
that make it seem that if you surrender, then the war is lost.
In truth, losing a battle, surrendering to fight another day may be the beginning
of winning the war. Never so true, or important than in our spiritual condition.
"Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke
upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls........."
Does that sound like someone you surrender to who would be punishing and always
pointing out your weaknesses? In fact, surrendering to God is the first step
toward learning how to love ourselves, others and find a peace regardless of
what battles rage in our lives. His yoke is one of the fruits of the spirit, not
one that subdues us every time we take a wrong turn in life. Surrendering to Him
brings us to have a moral compass that always takes us back to the heart of
love, his love and his grace.
This Sunday, as our brother Danny who has been weary and heavy-laden begins that
surrender that will lead to that victory, we can all identify with that moment
when we too made that decision. And you know something, it is not only a great
decision, it is an eternal choice to unload the baggage of our past, and to
begin to walk freely into the light of a new day.
It feels a whole lot better to go into battle with a General who surrenders only to
the power of God and never to the power of addiction. Let us not only rejoice
for our brother Danny, but for each of us who have become battle tested.
let's go win this war! Glenn
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 email@example.com.