My Addiction – Recovery – Part 18

Posted: August 14, 2012 in My Addiction
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The story is told of a man who once came to a preacher and said, “You talk about how heavy sin is, but preacher, I don’t feel a thing.” The preacher thought for a minute and then asked, “If we put 400 pounds of weight on a corpse, do you think he’d feel it?”

Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life


With Steps 1, 2, and 3 in hand it’s time to look at the second group of steps and not as though i have conquered the first three, but as i said i have them in hand. The first group was about “Living at Peace With God. Now it’s time to look at “Living at Peace With Myself.

It often seems like there is always something that happens which captures my entire attention, and thus drains my energy?  As our society grows more and more complex, finding true peace becomes more like trying to find an oasis in the desert.  My life is a busy one as well, as running the Onething Campus and all of the demands that comes with it, definitely takes its toll over time.

Step 4 involves a self-examination. A FEARLESS moral inventory of myself.

Lamentations 3:40 says, Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God.

Fearless: without fear; bold or brave

Fear: to consider or anticipate (something unpleasant) with a feeling of dread or alarm.

Moral: founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom.

In doing my fearless moral self-examination i realize that i must do a better job of “accepting what is. Dr Joel Hunter, Pastor of Northland Church in Orland says, “It is what it is, now what are you going to do?” i shared on Friday about my constant searching and the effects it has on me and those around me.

There is only so much i can affect.  What i cannot change, what i cannot influence, should not concern to me. Why allow my thoughts to linger about something that all the thinking in the world will not change? Taking this path is following a road towards peace.

The present moment is all i have, that’s not to say that i never plan and just live by the seat of my pants. Most of the time, what i think about is relating to something either in the past, or something in the future.  Living in the present moment erases all such thoughts.  Why think and linger on thoughts in the past that i cannot ever change?  Why think  about something that i am not even sure will happen or not? For me it’s about finding stillness, and it is within that stillness that i can uncover peace.

This portion of a prayer is used in the Twelve Step program.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference.

This is the rest of the prayer. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.

Step 4 i am making a searching and FEARLESS moral inventory of myself.

  1. oceansforpuddles says:

    Living in the present is something God has turned my attention too recently as well. I think it comes with recognizing each moment as an opportunity and invitation to connect with God and enjoy experiencing that moment with Him. And all we really think about when reflecting on past is how we responded to whatever God asked in that moment. And in thinking on the future about how we’ll respond to Gods command in that moment. But if we’ll learn from the past moments and focus on this moment, that will determine what our decision will be in future moments. Kind of like John Maxwell’s ‘learn to make your decisions now so all you will have to do in the future is manage them.’

  2. gold price says:

    The very reason for finding inner wholeness , or this space of inner peace, is so that you can live an aligned physical life where you are not at the mercy of your mind’s wavering thoughts and the flux of strong emotions. This process is not about disconnecting you from physicality, rather it’s about bringing you to place of inner stability so that you can live your full potential as a physical being. This is not about becoming a recluse, but about being free to engage with life without fear. Of course, it’s true that there will be a phase during this process where you feel a desire for “isolation”, to be in your space, for a while, but it’s just a temporary phase – this desire for isolation is just a way to connect deeply with your being without distraction, and when you establish a clear connection you feel undisturbed even in the presence of the noisiest crowds. Life will provide you with opportunities where you can have some “alone” time, during this process – use this opportunity to deepen in this space of allowing, instead of worrying/cribbing about being alone; it’s only a temporary phase as part of grace from life to assist you in this process.

  3. gold account says:

    Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. – John Cage ______________________________________________________________________ A soft voice is the sound of peace.

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