What if you do a Google image search for sunrises and sunsets? After looking at hundreds of pictures what will you see? Can you actually tell the difference between a sunrise and sunset? Perhaps there is something about a sunset that makes it look different, or maybe it is something about you that you see a picture of the sun on the horizon and it seems like a sunset but maybe it is not.
We all see the world through our own lens according to how we think and feel, or what our attitude is. Maybe what we see is not what we think it is. Maybe we need to ask ourselves how our minds are shaping our perceptions.
We all need someone to challenge our assumptions sometimes, even though we may not realize it or want it. Sometimes a good friend or caring parent is there for us. Sometimes we hear from a co-worker or a neighbor.
There are times though, when we need more expert help in the process of looking within ourselves and uncovering the things that need attention. Healing within so that we can see more clearly the way ahead is hard work. It is also some of the most important and rewarding work there is. Do you need a guide on a healing journey?
Once someone decides to seek addiction treatment they may look for AA/NA/MA/SA meetings. Surrendering to what is now called “the higher power” is considered highly effective in overcoming the struggles of an addiction. In the early stages of Alcoholics Anonymous God was the higher power.
In 1961, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous sent a letter to Carl G. Jung, an eminent, Swiss psychiatrist. In it he described meeting a man who was a patient of Jung’s in 1931 who struggled with alcoholism and felt hopeless and distraught over relapsing. Jung felt his only chance for full recovery was to seek a spiritual or religious experience and have a genuine conversion. In other words, seek God, have a relationship with Him, experience a heart change, and surrender weaknesses. When Jung’s patient did this, he did not have a relapse and felt freedom from the addiction.
God’s grace is offering what we are not worthy of receiving. Many times when speaking to someone struggling with an addiction they feel shame, unworthy of forgiveness, and it paralyzes them. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins, because He knew we were sinful. Accepting God’s unconditional love, grace, and forgiveness, while surrendering the addiction, offers a great freedom to those who feel a bondage to their addiction.
If you are struggling with an addiction, have you let God into your life? What would it look like if you did?