This week in the meetings we have been talking about Pride and Humility and how they affect our life and our recovery. We have used a song "Whatever It Takes" by Imagine Dragons, information from the A.A. 12 & 12 and a scripture from Obadiah referencing the ongoing struggle between the descendants of Jacob and Esau, and how God answered the Edomites pride by making them hit rock bottom, literally!
In a nutshell we have emphasized that Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo because any time we feel like we are all that and a bag of chips, we become a self centered, entitlement individual who believes our will is much more important than God's will. It is okay to take pride in an accomplishment because we all need to look at our work and be satisfied, but it is not okay when take it to these extremes:
Fake who we are by not being authentic - be somebody we aren't
Strive for constant attention - especially the wrong kind
Do not admit we need help - we got this mentality
Ignore the needs of others because we put ourselves way ahead of everyone else
Buck up when we are challenged or held accountable
These are just a few examples of not being humble, having taken pride to a place beyond normal. But the highlight of the week has been the story of Naaman written in 2 Kings 5. It matches the reaction of an addict when given the chance to recover by going to the wrong place to get healed, and being told that certain steps (washing in the Jordan 7 times) will heal you then ignoring that solution.
Naaman, despite his leprosy (much like our addiction), felt like he deserved something better than what the man of God's solution was. Oh, how we who struggle with addiction know this so well - we are hard headed, prideful and arrogant in the face of a God given way rather than that of our own choosing. When he got humble, he got healed!
Yes, for sure, Our Ego Is Not Our Amigo but how great is our God that His solution became our evolution (and Naaman's) to healing and humility!
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.