Day 3

The proverbs of Solomon, King David’s son, from Israel: 2 Their purpose is to teach wisdom and discipline,    to help one understand wise sayings. 3 They provide insightful instruction,    which is righteous, just, and full of integrity. 4 They make the naive mature,    the young knowledgeable and discreet. 5 The wise hear them and grow in wisdom;    those with understanding gain guidance. 6 They help one understand proverbs and difficult sayings,    the words of the wise, and their puzzles. 7 Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord,    but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:1-7, CEB

We’re familiar with the “good” testimony. We’ve talked about this many times. It’s a narrative that goes like this: I was once lost, now I’m found, now I’m fine.

Yesterday we asked: Is a life of faith really all about getting things right? If we get things “right” then won’t things go well for us?

In recovery, we have a lot of stuff to do. We have the steps. We have boundaries. We have meetings. We have sponsors and sponsees. We do many things in the name of maintaining our sobriety. Let’s face it, being sober is hard work and it takes a lot of dedication to this lifestyle. If we do all of these things, won’t things go well for us?

Maybe. And, then again, maybe not. We could ask the same thing of recovery as we’re asking of our faith: If we’re doing things “right”, will things go well for us? If we don’t have that promise, why bother with this path?

More to come.




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