The following obituary told the story of a dear church member’s unexpected death.
“Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members – Someone Else. Someone’s passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else always did more than his share of the work. Whenever there was a class to teach, a meeting to attend, or we needed financial help, Someone Else was always at the top of everyone’s list. We heard it all the time – ‘Let Someone Else do it.’”
“Someone Else was a wonderful example to us all. We probably leaned on him too much. With his passing, we don’t know what we’re going to do. Who’s going to do the work, with Someone Else departed?”
When work needed to be done in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, the prophet told everybody, “Arise, for it is your task” (Ezra 10:4).
In recovery, you can’t rely on Someone Else. You can’t blame Someone Else for your addiction. And you can’t depend on Someone Else to carry you through.
This one is on you. And God.
Recovery Step: Tim Keller said, “You don’t realize God is all you need until God is all you have.” Yes, you need a therapist, a group, and a sponsor. But if you are to be well, other than God, you can’t depend on Someone Else.