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He Has Us All Covered!

Feb 24

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I understand that everyone is on their journey and therefore their spirituality may not look like mine. I share my journey with others like me and those not so much like me. Most people find similarities despite the differences. We learn from each other. Offereing others my beliefs as part of the package rarely drives people in the other direction. More often it draws them in. I guess it depends on how we approach the subject of spirituality with others. If we make people feel shamed, manipulated or pressured that is very unproductive. If we love people and meet them (and respect them) for where they are a conversation about spirituality tends to follow.

From the time I was a small child I had a sense that Jesus Christ was with me. He's my reason for sharing my thoughts on spirituality. It's His presence that allowed me to get thorough the hardest moments of my life. His presence also allowed me to get the most out of counseling and the support groups I've attended. That is still the case. Knowing I was not doing life alone was essential for me. Seeing God work good out of the bad made the bad make sense. Devoid of spirituality, my recovery would have been frightening. God was the reason I was able to find peace and comfort in a world where people suffer for senseless reasons (while knowing that  I was or might become one of those people). I sensed that God was in control and that He was personal. For me spirituality and recovery went (and do go) hand in hand. Today I just share what it is like for me and trust God do the rest.

Recovery is a funny word. People tend to see it as a word reserved for addicts. In a larger sense this is probably true. Think about it. Really we're all addicts. We're all people who try to find comfort in the wrong places. We're all people who make bad choices so that we can feel better for a brief moment. So what is it that we're all recovering from anyway? I think we're all recovering from trying to find peace and satisfaction in the wrong places. The closer we get to God the closer we get to being what God intended us to be from the beginning. We move towards Him and we get well. We move away and we get sick again. We all pull away sometimes but the draw that drives us back towards Him is always there. I don't need to shame people, manipulate them or pressure them into "my spirituality." God draws us all towards Him. He has us all covered. I find great peace in that.

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