What does it take, my friend, to make today a better day
Than the trials and failures of that time from yesterday?
How do I face the mirror through the pain and shame?
Only through the one who knows me by name.
How do I make sense of the days I wasted
Or of the moments that my family sat devastated?
When do I feel the freedom to try again?
Only through the one who calls me his friend.
What does it take to walk on a better path
Than the one that went through such bitter wrath?
Why did I not see what I should easily have seen?
Only through the eyes that came to redeem.
Where do I find rest for my thoughts of despair?
Where do I go when I need to clear the air?
What does it take to calm my wandering soul?
Only through the grace of the one who makes me whole.
And when do I see the answer to that prayer?
And know that he is really truly always there?
What does it take to forgive and to love?
Only through the one who lives far above.
Just a few of my thoughts in a poem this week as I reflect on how awesome it is to be on the right side of wrong. That wrong that seemed to follow me for so many years has been reduced to a marginal possibility by a God who never gave up on me and will never give up on you.
The solution to virtually any problem or addiction is so very simple- lay it at the foot of the cross and let the Lord free you from the chains and bondage that held you back from freedom.
He delivers! He asks that your tip to him be your service to mankind. What a thrill!
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.