That great theologian Lucy, of Peanuts fame, once mused, “I can change the world; it’s me I have trouble with.”
I can relate. Fixing everyone else is far easier than fixing myself. Francis of Assisi said it well: “Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”
That is what recovery is all about – learning enough of your past, practical principles, and embracing community – so you can fix yourself. Or at least move in that direction.
Recovery requires self-control. The good news is that you don’t have to muster that up on your own. The Bible promises, “The fruit of the Spirit is . . . self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Recovery Step: Your responsibility today is not to suddenly discover a fresh dose of self-control, but to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who produces that self-control on His own.