Recently, during one of my Freedom Group sessions, a participant said something that has really stuck with me. It was truly profound:
“As we grow in our recovery, our standard of sobriety gets higher.”
Let that sink in. As we become stronger in our recovery work and take new ground, something else happens. What we allowed ourselves to do before, we now consider off-limits. Our middle circle behaviors are redefined. And that’s a good thing.
In theology, we call it progressive revelation. That means that God reveals more of himself to us progressively, as we grow in our capacity to receive it.
Paul told the early church, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat, for you were not yet ready to bear it” (1 Corinthians 3:2).
Recovery Step: Take stock of the state of your present recovery. Then ask yourself (and God) how you can raise your standard of sobriety.