You can believe anything you want, but that doesn’t make it true. I can believe I’m an NBA superstar, but that belief will not get me a great jump shot. I can believe I’m a millionaire, but that won’t pay the bills.
Believing something and being something are two different things.
Did you know there is a word for people who believe they are a cow? They have a psychological disorder called boanthropy. While they may be able to mew with the best of cows, believing they are cows won’t produce any milk.
Let’s apply this to recovery. You may think you are sober, but thinking you are sober and living sober are two different things. The apostle said it well: “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17).
I’m a big fan of positive affirmations. You might start every day by proclaiming, “I am sober today, and I will live a life of integrity.” But you still have to be sober and live a life of integrity.
Recovery Step: Be the person you know you can be.