I have a confession to make. I’m not perfect. I struggle like everyone else, and sometimes it’s more than just the usual ups and downs of life.
Sometimes it’s really hard for me to be sober; I struggle with addiction on a daily basis. Today is one of those days where sobriety feels impossible, but what keeps me going is my faith in God and knowing that there is always tomorrow (even if today doesn’t look good).
If you’re struggling too, please know that you are not alone – we all go through difficult times but at the end of the day sobriety always wins!
Daily Reflections March 23
We have seen the truth again and again: “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.”. . . If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol. . . . To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 33
These words are underlined in my book. They touch on some truths that I think would be helpful for anyone who was struggling with addiction, whether it’s an alcoholic man or woman living soberly every day of their life because they know recovery is a gift from God;
Someone else trying to find freedom from chemical dependence like myself at one time-in any instance reading this passage might pause and reflect upon its powerful message:
“If sobriety has been sent down by our Creator as His own special grace upon us then we have nothing less than ourselves–our very selves!–to offer back up unto Him.”
I believe that we would all do well to take the time to look back and reflect on our drinking patterns, what they mean for us personally, and how they might change.
The passage above is a perfect example of this reflection- it’s honest about difficulties in sobriety while also being hopeful.
This type of self-reflection can help people get through difficult times and create better lives for themselves. What words did you underline?
Did these words resonate with you or did something else stand out? We hope that your life will be full of joy as God continues to bless you with every day sober living!