Kept and Swept?

As I celebrate my third decade in recovery, I am taking another Fourth Step inventory. It seems my daily Step Ten only goes so far in helping me keep my side of the street clean, so I do a “deep dive” every once in awhile to check below the surface. This year, I have discovered some unresolved grief lurking and am grateful for trusted Sisters who are willing to hear and help me (they are like God wearing skin).

Their honest wisdom is a gift that encourages me to embrace the Fourth Step process and to remember the evidence I already have that God’s healings come from His revealings. Thanks to them and the tools of Twelve-Step recovery, I now appreciate that I am accountable to God for my own life, not for that of anyone else. I also see my need for good stewardship of me, which means tending the “fire” I’ve been given so that it’s kept and swept.

I echo Lily Tomlin saying, “We’re all this alone together.” Chime in if you are to share. FYI, this image was posted on Twitter by Coach Deb Luxton.

2 Comments on “Kept and Swept?

  1. Wow, for me this is a fine line! I have been seeking the wisdom to discern between accepting the things I cannot change versus refusing to kiss the pig (any act of sin) on the lips. I may love So-and-So, but it is okay to say “This not okay.” God loves the sinner also, but hates the sin, and He is teaching me to do the same. Al-Anon seems to light the way. I am thinking of “The Ladder Story” which, I think, I sent you. If not, please let me know, and I will re-send it ASAP. It’s a picture of “tough love,” and this I know: it takes trusting God to let go and actually step aside to get of His Way.

  2. If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. (Galatians 6:1 NLT). Mr. Sparks discusses the importance of staying on the road and helping others stay on the path (His) or even help to pull someone out of the ditch when they can’t see or have the strength to do so. I have one man in my life who has a love for the Lord, yet says the enemy has also kept him of the wrong side of the street. He knows what he needs to do and I believe God wants me to support him in his journey to the Kingdom. So, if he asks me for money – I give it gladly, if he asks for cigarettes – I buy them, if he asks me for tools – I give them, if he is stuck and needs a ride – I provide it, if he asks for a resume – I help him to develop it. I do all of this because that is what Christ wants me to do and gladly. In my old skin I would have made excuses or refused to do so, but the Lord compels me to do so. It makes me feel good that I’m doing what He wants me to do.

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