Today’s Mid-Week Energy is based on something that I haven’t posted about in a while; Proverbs of the day. When I was at my ministry school we were taught to read a Proverbs a day and journal about it. There are 31 Proverbs and usually 31 days of the month.
Here is today’s Proverb.
20 So you will walk in the way of good men
And keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land
And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land
And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.
20 Follow the steps of good men instead,
and stay on the paths of the righteous.
21 For only the godly will live in the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it.
22 But the wicked will be removed from the land,
and the treacherous will be uprooted.
Notes from Recovery bible:
While we may try to do good, our dependencies are utterly evil. We know what our addictions have cost us: our jobs, friends, families, health, sanity. Now we want to change our life patterns to escape enslavement. God tells us here that if we get on the right track, we can still enjoy life to the fullest. We may be tempted at times to stray from the path of recovery, but here we are reminded that our addictions will eventually lead to destruction. Recovery is the only real option we have.
Now I don’t agree with everything in the above paragraph but I do feel like the Author was onto a good start.
First I want to define wisdom. Wisdom is simply knowing what to do. If you broke your arm, wisdom would be to go to the hospital.
I think a big thing with recovery is that we don’t know what to do. We know we can’t go to our unhealthy things (i.e. cutting, drugs, alcohol) but we don’t know what we should be doing instead. The tends to lead to a very bad cycle. I know for me when I was at the point of not knowing what I could do I’d get really mad at myself for not knowing. Then I’d get mad at everyone around me for not telling me. And then since I was so mad I’d just go back to my unhealthy thing (cutting, starving myself).
I believe that sometimes we don’t know we are making poor choices. I believe sometimes we don’t see how our actions are destructive.
I think we need to ask God to show us what a good option is. I think we need to allow God to open our eyes and see how our actions are affecting other people.
I know for me once I started seeing how my addictions were negativity affecting my friends and family I started realizing that my problems are lot bigger than I could see. Once you do something for a long period of time it becomes normal. For me cutting was normal. It was just apart of my day-to-day life. I never say how concerning it was from the outside. I think sometimes we just need a perspective change.
I think a big thing that this Proverb is talking about is look at the people around you who are making good choices. Start to ask for help. Start to see how their life is going so well. One of the most successful things I have done for my recovery is to connect myself with people who are wise, mature, adults who can help guide me on this path.