I’ll be surprised if a theme or message comes out of this post. I have plenty of thoughts and I’m not sure what to do with them.
I think I’ve been trying to do recovery on my own again.
I recently took on a new role at work and the stress has begun mounting along with mixed emotions of fear, excitement, and “Holy moley I have to figure out this role and no one here knows how to fulfill it or even define it and I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.” Make it up as I go? I dunno. I ordered four books yesterday. I hope I find some guidance from them.
New thought: I can surrender my fears to my Father in Heaven and ask Him to guide my efforts at work. That sounds good.
I’ve also been feeling a lot of sorrow lately. Many of my friends in recovery have relapsed recently. I know their pain and it hurts to see them go through it. I look up to all of them, and some of them had years of sobriety. I still look up to them. I’d be lying if I said their relapses didn’t frighten me. I’m afraid I’ll make it to a year or more of sobriety by the grace of God and then relapse. I think I feel afraid that such a course is what God has planned for me.
I don’t want to think that that kind of thinking makes sense, but I have my doubts. I guess it could be that God has a relapse planned for me, but that would have to accompany the notion that I don’t have a choice in the matter, or that my life is only a script written by someone else.
I think God knows whether or not I’ll relapse, but I don’t think that His omniscience determines my choices. That would be like saying I can control my mom’s choice of ice cream simply because I know that she’ll choose butter pecan over strawberry.
I think God knows me so well that He knows what choices I’ll make in any situation. No, that doesn’t determine my actions. Actually, I feel some comfort in knowing that my Father in Heaven knows me that well. Given that my eternal progress and happiness is His top priority, I can trust that He will always prepare a way for me to remain sober.
I’m reminded of the words of the prophet Nephi:
“I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Nephi 3:7, Book of Mormon).
That feels right. I feel hope when I consider these words. God will not require me to submit to my addictions when He asks me to submit to Him. His will is not my misery or damnation. His will is my joy and progress. His will for me is my recovery.
I’m grateful to the Lord for revealing my fears to me. I feel much better now. I’ve been feeling afraid without being willing to surrender my fears. I feel relief now. I feel hope again. Thank God for my Savior who provides a way for my salvation, even from myself!
My wife just turned on Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. I gotta go. :)
Also, I have the coolest wife ever.
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I know how you feel–my recovery group is pretty amazing, but there have been a few relapses recently…from guys that were doing so well. That’s so scary for me! Also, I think there’s something about the year mark that is tempting to put your guard down. I keep telling myself that establishing a new addiction-free lifestyle takes 3-5 years, and I can’t get casual until at least after then. God may know I’m predisposed to relapsing after a year, but he’ll be pleasantly surprised (not really) that I push through anyways. Thanks!
Thanks, Robert. I really appreciate your comments.
Good insights! Tell your beautiful wife hello for me and give her a big hug!
Done and done. :) Thank you, Sister Higham!