My Addiction – Healing – Part 30

Posted: September 11, 2012 in My Addiction
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Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life

GROWING IN PEACE

i have come to the fourth category of Peaceful Living, Growing In Peace. So just a brief recap.

The four categories are: Living At Peace With God, Living At Peace With Myself, Living In Peace With Others and Growing In Peace.

The nine steps thus far are: Recognizing brokenness, Birth of faith, Decision to Let god be in charge, Fearless moral inventory, Discipline of confession, Inner transformation, Purification of character, Examine relationships, Make amends, Growing graceful relationships

That’s the journey thus far and i have come to call it My personal Growth Plan. It is no wonder that this twelve step program has been around for so long and touched so many lives. my journey to intimacy began with a decision to reorder my life according to a different set of priorities, twelve of them to be precise.

The hardest part for me thus far is that i want to tell everyone that i have found the missing key to loving God with all my heart, soul mind and strength and that if they or you will join me you to can find the answer. That’s not how this works. I don’t want to shame others into walking spiritually, nor do I want to convince others that a no frill checklist of spiritual chores will somehow pay off in eternity. i must remember that at best this is merely an invitation to live life as Christ intended, which includes difficult choices, hard work and an increasing capacity to enjoy all the goodness God offers those who do.

When Tom Landry a former famous Dallas Cowboys football coach was asked what his job was, he replied, “My job is to get men to do what they don’t want to do in order to achieve what they’ve always wanted to achieve.” That’s my job as a pastor, as a father, as a grandfather, as a husband and as a friend and for myself. Simply, “Disciplines enable me to do what I don’t want to do, in order to achieve what i’ve always wanted to achieve.”

My job is to get men to do what they don’t want to do, that’s called discipline and in order to achieve what i have always wanted to achieve i will need discipline. Achieving anything requires discipline, determined, definable, consistent actions with a clear goal in mind. Intimacy with God is the goal and discipline is the means to that end.

1 Timothy 4:15-16 (Discipline) Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! (Discipline) Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. (Discipline) Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.

1 Timothy 4:8 Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit]. For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

i must do today what others won’t, so that i can do tomorrow what others can’t!!

In closing i am reminded that this is not about perfection but about progress. Progress: a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage: the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level.

 

 

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Comments
  1. Is profitable unto all things – In every respect. There is not an interest of man, in reference to this life, or to the life to come, which it would not promote. It is favorable to health of body, by promoting temperance, industry, and frugality; to clearness and vigor of intellect, by giving just views of truth, and of the relative value of objects; to peace of conscience, by leading to the faithful performance of duty; to prosperity in business, by making a man sober, honest, prudent, and industrious; to a good name, by leading a man to pursue such a course of life as shall deserve it; and to comfort in trial, calmness in death, and immortal peace beyond the grave. Religion injures no one. It does not destroy health; it does not enfeeble the intellect; it does not disturb the conscience; it does not pander to raging and consuming passions; it does not diminish the honor of a good name; it furnishes no subject of bitter reflection on a bed of death.

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