Addicts are funny. We have mastered the science of justification for just about any behavior. Our middle circle behaviors are written mostly in pencil, not ink. And it’s true – there are things we can “get away with” that don’t break our sobriety. They are acceptable. But not smart.
G.K. Chesterton said, “We do not differ much in what we call evil, but in what we call excusable.”
Paul said, “I have the right to do anything, but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12).
Let me suggest a few things that you may find excusable, but that you might be better off without.
- Watching R-rated movies
- Certain social media
- Googling info on attractive actresses or news anchors
- Walking your dog past a certain home
- Having personal conversations with the opposite sex
- Texting the opposite sex about personal matters
Recovery Step: Write a list of things you might find excusable, but that are unwise. And while you’re at it, you might as well write it in ink.