“Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” Matthew 6:34
Do you ever have those days when the same topic keeps coming up and you wonder: Is God trying to tell me something? This last weekend was like that. It was an action weekend. Pastor David Harris’ message on Living Now was right on; he let us know what the most often-used word in the English language is “someday.” Someday I’m going to…
During our Saturday morning Celebrate Recovery leader meeting we viewed a video from John Townsend about Passivity—I won’t do the work I need to do until I hear from God first.
How many of us today can relate to either procrastination or passivity? Before recovery, I either lived in the past or dreamed about the future, but living in today was a foreign concept to me. Someday I’m going to be somebody, because my past told me I’m nobody.
What about today; what is it we need to do today? We talk a lot about that in Celebrate Recovery; living one day at a time isn’t just a recovery mantra, it’s a fact of life for us. It doesn’t mean we don’t dream, set goals or plan for the future. Living one day at a time means we need to be present with God and take the action we need to grow in recovery and fulfill our destiny.
John Townsend talked about two parallel Bible truths:
- I can’t save myself. Matthew 16:25
- I am a partner with God in the process of my recovery. Phil 2:12-13
In Celebrate Recovery, these truths are very evident in the 12-step process we engage in. We don’t grow in recovery without God, without hard work and without others to share our journey.
Recovery is a process, not an event. We are given the tools to live in today, grow in our faith and to serve others (steps 10 through 12). None of us lives our lives perfectly; there are times we procrastinate or become passive in our daily walk, our prayer life or in serving to others. When this happens we will stumble and we will find the all too familiar struggle found in not living one day at a time.
Sometimes we may settle for less, thinking that God has done his work with us. We call this denial, of which procrastination and passivity are close cousins. This Friday night at Crossroads Celebrate Recovery we will be teaching on Step 1: Denial. Some may think that this lesson is only for beginners in recovery, but many of us also know that breaking through denial is a lifelong process, for our continued growth as Christians depends in part on this process.
Pastor David spoke of a verse from James 4:17—Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it, sins. That is a challenging verse to grasp.
Let our someday be today and may we do what we ought to do—live one day at a time.
Thank you Jesus for your mercy and forgiveness.
May you have a great God-filled week,
Celebrate Recovery Crossroads Church Calendar
July 11-17, 2011
Friday—Large Group Service:
- Join us at 7pm for worship and a teaching on Denial.
- Share groups at 8pm.
- Solid Rock Café at 9pm.
Our new men’s mixed-issue 12-step group started June 30. The group is still open and there is a place waiting for you. Email [email protected] for details.
If you would like to share the message of recovery with Crossroads Church, we have an opportunity on July 31. Celebrate Recovery is ushering for all three Sunday services. Sign up on Friday nights.
Mark you calendar for our Crossroads Celebrate Recovery picnic on Saturday, August 13. We kick it off at 11am at Webster Park, just south of Lake Loveland on Hwy 34.