Looking back over a decade

“What you think about God is the most important thing about you.” A.W. Tozer

Over the last week I have been thinking about October 19, 2012.
I have pondered different scriptures, meditations and writings.
I dug deep into my being in attempts to come up with the greatest post you’ve ever read…I got nothin’.

It’s what I do. I turn things into being all about me. And though a large part of recovery is about me, there is a part equally as large that isn’t. Many within the rooms of A.A. would disagree with my next statement, but for me, it’s a vital part of my story.

For a year, I stayed sober so that I wouldn’t lose Chris.

I know what you’re thinking. “When you stay sober for someone else, it never works.” Well, for me, I didn’t care enough about myself to stay sober. I thought I was damaged goods, but I knew that he didn’t think so and the only way he would be with me is if I admitted that I was completely out of control and powerless over everything. So I did. And after about 18 months, I too realized that I was worth fighting for.

The day before my big anniversary I had the privilege of sitting under the teaching of one of the wisest men I know. His name is John Hambrick. He is an expert in many things. We share an equal admiration for C.S. Lewis. I will never be as versed as John is about Lewis so I love to hear him speak of his work.

He led a workshop called Three Game-Changing Ideas from C.S. Lewis.
Idea #1: Our Choices Change Us
There were five points but the ones that stuck with me were these;
Our choices change us.
What motivates our choices?
John explained that often our choices are motivated by guilt and/or fear. Neither is from God.

Idea #2: Our Imagination Can Be Holy
The thoughts that followed were thought-provoking. These are the two that I am most pondering.
We cannot be compelled to love God.
We love him when we see him clearly. (Do I see God clearly?)

Idea #3: God is Dangerous
Here John referenced several of Lewis’ books. One being from The Chronicles of NarniaThe lion in the story, Aslan, represents God. In this scene, two of the characters are talking about him. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

“God is the enemy of our self-centeredness. The remover of all addictions that cause us to be enslaved. He will weed out and kill that which works to destroy us. That makes God dangerous. It is when he wants to mess with the one thing that we will not expose to him that we meet this God.” God is relentless. He will not allow us to succumb to misery because of his untamed love for each one of us.

When it comes to spiritual, there is no such thing as a “status quo.” We are either working towards being a heavenly or hellish creature. There is no middle ground. Our choices change us. Just as I made poor decisions in the midst of addiction, I must make conscious healthy choices in my day-to-day living. Though quite simple, it’s far from easy.

C.S. Lewis said in The Great Divorce, “There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.” If only we could remember that. How different our lives would be.

John Hambrick is the Director of Starting Point / Staff Development at Buckhead Church. You may follow him on Twitter by clicking here

11 thoughts on “Looking back over a decade

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  3. Joy, I was trying to give our “friend” this very quote only yesterday about how our choices turn us into heavenly/hellish creatures. Like everyone else, I too love C S Lewis and wish that I could quote him accurately. These 3 points from the workshop are great, but now I want you to remember the other two! I need them!!

  4. Joy, this is excellent! It’s so true that you can’t change FOR someone else. I’ve been in the same place before. Still recovering, actually. 🙂 Aren’t we all?! I love hearing your thoughts. So glad I found your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine so that I could meet ya!

    • Yes! I will forever be in recovery. Mainly from myself! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’re okay with me taking a pic from your blog to make a button on my Blogs Worth a Follow page. I LOVE your blog and I know everyone else does/will too!
      Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

      • You are so welcome! That is awesome and I appreciate the compliments. I just adore your blog too! I’ve gotten a bunch of traffic from your site already! Thank you!

  5. Mark couldn’t have been more correct when he said “God is the remover of all addictions”….all
    we have to do is let them go in our hearts and minds. Thanks for this writing today Joy!

  6. Joy,

    Great post. Ken Levine said “We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.”

    I love these words: “God is the enemy of our self-centeredness. The remover of all addictions that cause us to be enslaved. He will weed out and kill that which works to destroy us.” Chris’s love for you made you see yourself more clearly. Choices change us but so does love. The love we have for someone and the love they have for us changes us continually.

    • I love that quote from Ken Levine, Mark. Thank you for sharing that.
      I believe more and more that in the end, the only thing that really matters is how we loved.
      Thank you for reading, friend. Have a blessed Sunday!

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