Jack Hayford quit chocolate, and he stuck to that commitment for 40 years. Hayford said, “I made a decision against myself,” meaning it required action he’d rather not take.
If you want to get out of debt, you have to make decisions against yourself financially. It’s called budgeting. If you want to lose weight, you have to make decisions against yourself physically. It’s called dieting. If you want to write a book, get a graduate degree, or train for a marathon, you have to make decisions against yourself chronologically. It’s called calendaring.
That’s what early recovery looks like. By choosing what you want most over what you want now, you will be required to make decisions against yourself. You will have to do some things that won’t be fun, that make you uncomfortable, and that set the lust of the flesh to the side.
The Bible says it like this: “Offer every part of yourself to God as an instrument of righteousness” (Romans 6:13).
Recovery Step: Do something today, not because it’s easy, but because it’s necessary. Make a decision against yourself.