Values – Is it Time for Realignment? Monday, Jun 6 2011 

You have already made choices about your values. Some you might have weighed carefully and acted upon with intentionality. They are likely things you celebrate. Others you have made without any conscious thought and you live them by default. You might not even be aware of these decisions.

How can you discover the unconscious values you’ve embraced? Look at how you spend your time and money. Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck observed, “When we love something it is of value to us, and when something is of value to us, we spend time with it, time enjoying it, and time taking care of it.”

Perhaps it is time to conduct a values audit in your life. Look at your calendar. Review your budget and compare it to your spending habits. Think about your passions. All of those things will lead you invariably to an accounting of your values. If you are living by values that run contrary to your ideals, philosophy, or theology, consider what changes you must make to align who you are, what you believe, and what you do.

-John Maxwell-  excerpt from “The Choice is Yours”

“Nice guys may appear to finish last,

but usually they are

running in a different race.”

-NORMAN VINCENT PEALE-

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“There’s harmony and inner peace

to be found in following

a moral compass that points

in the same direction,

regardless of fashion or trend.”

-TED KOPPEL-

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For where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also.

-MATTHEW 6:21- NIV

 

 

Our great guide Thursday, Jun 2 2011 

How like children we are. In all our great plan-making, God is the one who guides our steps. As children hold tightly to Daddy’s fingers when they learn to walk, so are we learning to see how God gently but firmly guides us. Our plan may have been to cross a dangerous place, but our wise parent led us around it. Our weak, unstable baby steps were supported by the loving and strong hand of our parent.

Recovery is much like that. We see the destination and we begin the journey, and in our ignorance and innocence we think we know best how to arrive there. Behind it all is the Father of recovery, who is patiently directing us, opening this door, closing that avenue. When we realize this, we find it easier to relax when obstacles block our way. We know that God is in charge, and we can wait for the next move.

When children grow stronger and their steps are no longer unsure, they may excitedly run ahead before they are ready. When this happens to us in recovery, it’s like turning onto a dead-end street; before long we’ll have to stop and backtrack. Allowing God to direct is always the easier, more direct route that ensures our growth.

Prayer: Lord, direct my path and help me depend on your guidance.

In his heart a man plans his course,

but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

-Barbara Stephens- excerpt taken from Proverbs 16:9  NIV Recovery Devotional Bible

On the side of truth Wednesday, Jun 1 2011 

For many years a professor started his first class by putting two figures on a blackboard:

4

2

“What’s the solution?”  he would ask. A student would say six. Another would say two, but the teacher would ignore them. Finally several would call out eight, and he would shake his head. The professor would then say, “All of you failed to ask the key question. What is the problem? Unless you know what the problem is, you cannot possibly find the answer.” Without a plus sign, a minus sign, a multiplication or division sign, the numbers cannot be computed.

Our life in recovery is exactly the same. We need to spend most of our time defining our problems and taking stock of our situation. That’s why we make and take our inventories – so we can discover what’s really going on, so we can be “on the side of truth.” Until we know what’s happening and what we need to know, we are stymied.

Problems are usually more complicated than we realize. Life and recovery are complex. As H.L. Mencken said, “For every human problem there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong.” We never know all we need to know. Self-discovery is an adventure into an ongoing mystery. God is our problem and our solution, and there is nothing simple and neat with him. But he is always on the side of truth.

Prayer: Keep me humble, Lord. Don’t let me get too proud and cocky. Help me to listen to your voice of truth, and may I always keep on learning.

-A. Philip Parham- excerpt taken from John 18:37  NIV Recovery Devotional Bible