My friend, Croix, got his One Year Coin and I was there to witness it!
This young man was my son’s roommate at the local sober house, Honest Beginnings, and the one my son wept fearful tears with just days before my son overdosed and died.
Yes, I was so proud of him as he beamed at the podium. We have emotionally adopted Croix and think of him as a son, as we do others we have met while we were on the difficult journey of trying to help our own addicted son in Recovery.
At the podium, my freind clearly declared and shared his testimony as to how he accomplished this milestone:
“Trust God, Clean House, Help Others” is what he said.
Basically, that was his whole speech..
This plan is so simple; it is profoundly awesome!
Trust God: At some point in our lives, we must admit that there is One over us, One we must submit to and trust with our lives.
- For me, that is Jesus; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
Clean House: No Windex necessary! It’s not that kind of cleaning. This is cleaning out the messes in life that we have created – making amends with people we have offended and hurt – seeking forgiveness and making things right with them.
- As a Christian, I align this with the concept of repentance, making all things right in relationship to God, first, then with others; “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)
Help Others: This is the profoundly awesome part because it is the key that keeps him continuing on the path of Recovery. Croix said, when he stops helping others, that’s when he sees himself begin to slip in thought/mind and heart and that’s a dangerous thing… a very dangerous thing.
Helping others is the way to stay focused — talk the talk, and walk the talk alongside!
- Coincidentally, this is the way to follow Jesus as well, He said: be fishers of men – do as I did – love your neighbor. Jesus sought out the broken and made them whole by seeking, serving, and loving. This is key to the mission, no wonder it is so effective in Recovery for one to help the other; it’s essential to passing on the wholeness & healing.
So, in case you are wondering…
or know someone else who needs to know what a good battle plan is…. this is it!
BATTLE PLAN IN RECOVERY: TRUST GOD, CLEAN HOUSE, HELP OTHERS!
BUT DO NOTE:
It’s not a one time declaration, it’s a day by day, moment by moment work.
Recovery is attainable.
PS. This is a good battle plan for every life in fact.
Trust God, Clean House, Help Others: Repeat.