What’s the connection between the two? Surprisingly, the connection is quite strong. We act out when we lose self-control, and we lose self-control when we become obsessed with ourselves.
Psychologist Jeremy Dean writes, “Oddly, perhaps, studies have found that an obsession with the self can paradoxically lead to lower self-control.”
So what’s the answer? The answer is not to think less of yourself, but to think of yourself less. The answer is to connect with those who need you most – your spouse, kids, and friends. Recognize your own frailty and need for a Savior.
If the greatest apostle ever (Paul) considered himself “chief among sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15), you can stand a dose of humility, as well.
Recovery Step: If you are to stay sober, you will need to practice self-control. If you are to practice self-control, you will need to be humble. And if you are to be humble, you will need to turn your life over to the care of God.