The Real Gift of Recovery

Mark 8:22-26 KJV
22: And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
23: And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24: And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25: After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
26: And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

Recovery is a wonderful gift that sometimes can be taken for granted. The gift is not that you are clean and sober. It is the power of being clean and sober that is the essence of the gift. The blind man in this bible verse was blessed with the gift of sight. Perhaps the power of his gift was not that his sight was restored but that he could live life in a way that would not have been possible before.

Like the blind man, it is the power of recovery that helps people to reach heights and accomplish goals that otherwise would not have been possible. In order to receive his gift, the blind man had to follow Jesus to a place he had never been before. Recovery takes people to places they have never been before. The trust in the lord brought him through this experience and Jesus gave him sight. It is the trust in a higher power and the 12 step program that will bring you through the insanity of your disease.

Jesus tells the blind man, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town. Recovery tells people neither brag about it or go back to the slippery places where you will not be safe. Recovery is not about trying to 12 step somebody as much as it is to learn that when you believe through God all things are possible, life changes..

Change in recovery will take you beyond the familiar and you must lean on the everlasting arm of the lord. The Promises say ‘we will know a new freedom and a new happiness’ and ‘we will not regret the past or wish to shut the door on it’

Trust in God and stay out of slippery places.

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Copyright 2009 by Jimmy Cathey, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Jimmy Cathey is a substance abuse counselor and educator. He founded Support Systems, a substance abuse education program that helps families learn about the negative consequences of addiction and the rewards of life in recovery. He was a staff consultant to small and emerging non profit organizatons at Management Center in San Francisco, California. Email Jimmy Cathey

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