Turning it Over
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand him
God’s will is not an itinerary, but an attitude. ~Andrew Dhuse
On Monday I celebrated my birthday, thanks for the birthday wishes! Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit my “longest” friend (I would say oldest but that sounds offensive). It had been a few years since I’ve seen her, but like all authentic friendships, it was as if not a day had passed since I’ve seen her last. We had several hours together, and were able to connect in that way only friends with shared history can. It took me until almost the end of our time together, but I finally summoned the courage to tell her about my addiction, and my recovery. You know how it is said that most times when an alcoholic believes he is telling someone the news for the first time, it usually not the surprise that he thought it would be? That was not the case yesterday, and so my confession was difficult, but, in then end, a liberating experience.
Since yesterday, I have spent some time contemplating the entire experience, reflecting on how she took the news I shared as well as how I felt about the various issues in her life. It was illuminating, and yet so simple! First, everyone has problems (duh, but sometimes I really forget), and worrying about whether my problems are better or worse than anyone else’s problems couldn’t be a more pointless exercise. Second, and way more important, there is one bottom line to all problems in life… turn it over to God. Period. Connecting with a Higher Power, and giving Him my worries, is the solution to any situation that comes along. The opposite of fear is faith, so if you have faith, there is truly nothing to fear!