My first car had a lot of things that didn’t work well, including the gas gauge. I had two choices: fix the gas gauge (which would have cost more than I paid for the car), or always be near a gas station.
I chose the latter.
It is important that we stay near our power source. But “near” isn’t good enough. Remember this lesson . . .
Proximity does not equal power.
Driving my car near the gas station only matters if I stick the gas pump into the hole in the side of the car regularly. Otherwise, its like a lamp that is not plugged into the outlet. That lamp is equally useless, whether the plug is six inches from the power source or six miles.
Recovery Step: Jesus promised, “You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8). It is the indwelling Holy Spirit who will give you the power to overcome your addiction, your past, and your pain. Until you are filled with the Spirit, you will never know if you can make it past the next bump in the road. Eventually, you will find yourself driving on empty, out of gas, and powerless to do anything about it.