Giving Our Best
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Though we've sometimes felt at our best while "under the influence," we can see in retrospect that this wasn't true. We're great at rationalizing. When our lives are consumed by addictions, we're just not at our best. Many of us may even have believed that our work was enhanced by our addictions. Being sober, we can look back at our work with new perspective. We probably realize that our job performance deteriorated and our attitudes suffered. The fact is: we weren't giving our best.
The apostle Paul wrote, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward. . . . But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites" (Colossians 3:22-25).
We fill a needed role in society, however lowly we may estimate that role to be. God knows that our contribution matters. When we don't do our best, others are affected. When have people been harmed because we didn't do our best at work? Who has been hurt by the negative attitudes we may have displayed?
Regardless of our role in life, when we are in recovery we can be our best.
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.