4 Now you are coming to him as to a living stone. Even though this stone was rejected by humans, from God’s perspective it is chosen, valuable. 5 You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple. You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5
Getting through this last year of devotionals hasn’t really been easy on anyone, I’m sure. For me, it’s the first time I’ve attempted to do anything like this and it was (and is) a steep learning curve. It probably took me 3 or 4 months to feel settled in terms of what I was trying to accomplish with the devotionals and how I was going to go about trying to do that. If you’ve been working through the 12 steps for the first time, or are simply making a conscious effort to go through them again, or are simply reading the devotionals without a concerted effort to do the steps, I suspect they’ve presented some challenges. Amidst all the difficulties that come with trying to re-learn the way we want to live and how we want to accomplish that, I hope that we’ve been able to maintain some awareness of the fact that God is at work in us.
When we start living a different way we might experience a lot of things. We might be rejected by humans who simply don’t understand why we’re making different choices. This rejection may come at the hands of coworkers, friends, or family members who have only ever seen us live one way. Regardless, we know that God’s perspective is different. He sees us as valuable. And He’s using this process to mold us and shape us into a people who are set apart for doing His will. In this way, we are being prepared to carry this message of hope to others, and being trained in how to practice these things in all of our affairs. In spite of how difficult/challenging/hopeless this process can be, I hope that you can hang on to the idea that God is doing a powerful work within you. And I hope that in knowing that, you can find some hope wherever you are in the recovery process and in life.