The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Associated Press recently reported a story about a lawyer in Las Vegas who showed up in court late to defend his client. The lawyer was slurring his words and couldn’t seem to tell a straight story. So, the judge ordered a breathalyzer, and he questioned the woman who accompanied the lawyer. The lawyer introduced the woman by one name but when questioned she gave the judge a different name. She also stated that she’d met the lawyer at a bar twenty minutes earlier.
What’s your reaction to this story? Disbelief? Disgust? Anger? The truth is that addiction does not respect class, ethnicity, or gender. We all know people who struggle with addiction—perhaps you, yourself, are struggling.
There is a way out—but it begins with you. Are you ready to make some decisions that will require change? Are you ready to feel worse before you feel better? You can do it; but do it with God’s help. Do it with connection with others. Do it with professional help if necessary. God loves you right where you are, but he wants better for you.
“Just because you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” - George Carlin (1937- )
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.