This is the day I speak to a group of women who are victorious over addiction.
In the stillness of the morning I call out for help. Because who am I to address women who have been through such hardship? With humble heart, just me and Him, I seek guidance.
The spotlight was shone into the depths of my heart and I was forced to examine addictions that once had hold over me and still call to me:
My own will.
A comfortable life.
Striving for excess and a longing for more, addiction is not just substance abuse. It’s various things that vie for our attention and it lures us for a fix:
We believe that joy and peace come from a trouble-free journey. Don’t we all want the easy way?
~The reward without struggle.
~Money without hard work.
~Power without serving.
~Sex without marriage.
~Affirmation without giving encouragement.
~A great career without sacrifice.
~Health without self care.
~Freedom without bondage.
I can’t grasp success until I’ve learned to appreciate hardships, lean into uncertainty, and glean from repeated failures.
If I really take note of myself, many times I think I want things, but in reality, I’m not willing to travel the mountainous climb to achieve them. The truth is, if I won’t work hard for it, I can’t want it that bad.
Here’s the thing: We all want the pleasure. We don’t want the pain. The reward, not the struggle.
But trials determine triumph.
And in all my prepping for today’s teaching, I see that I’m not much different from these ladies I speak to today. It’s not easy being an overcomer and it’s tough to stay on track.
We can do it.
First, we have to want victory and then work hard for it, embracing the struggles.
But we don’t have to do it in our own strength.
If you look closely at my picture, you will see that even the little bird knows where to draw it’s strength from.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.