Breathing Lessons: Think about your breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Hold your breath for 20 seconds. Breathe deeply. Feel yourself relax. Think about an experience of being under water and not being able to breathe.
By definition, you can never see or handle what you are addicted to. It is always “hidden” and disguised as something else. As Jesus did with the demon at Gerasa, someone must say, “What is your name?” (Luke 8:30).
The problem must be correctly named before the demon can be exorcised. You cannot heal what you do not first acknowledge. As we begin to see the need for recovery, we have an inkling of what our addictions might be. Find an image of something that you think might be the problem. Put it someplace where it can remind you of the work you may need to do.
We suffer to get well. We surrender to win. We die to live. We give it away to keep it.
Spend some time reflecting on these central paradoxes. Choose one to carry with you through the day. You might want to write it on a piece of paper, send it to yourself as a text message or email, or simply memorize it and repeat it when you have a few moments to yourself.
Sacred Words “The God of old is still your refuge. This God has everlasting arms that can drive out the enemy before you.” —Deuteronomy 33:27
“Yes, we are carrying our own death warrant with us, but it is teaching us not to rely on ourselves, but on a God whose task is to raise the dead to life.” —2 Corinthians 1:9
“While he was still a long way off, the father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly.” —Luke 15:21