Paul wrote to Timothy, “Train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better” (1 Timothy 4:7-8). The word that is translated “training” referred specifically to the disciplined training done by gymnasts in Paul’s day.
The commentators of The Recovery Bible add, “It is amazing what human beings can achieve through consistent disciplined effort. How many times have we watched seasoned gymnasts or other athletes and marveled at the ease with which they performed? We realize that they developed those abilities through rigorous training, which is what sets the true athletes apart from the spectators. Continuing your regular personal inventory requires similar self-discipline.”
Let that sink in. It is rigorous training that sets true athletes apart from spectators.
Which are you – a true athlete or a spectator? Are you honestly doing the work of recovery or are you just showing up? I see it all the time. Men and women attend meetings, do a little Step work, see a therapist from time to time, and they want to get well. But they don’t get well.
Again, what about you? For most who are reading this, we have never met. But I know this about you – your present strategy is perfectly suited for the results you are getting.
Recovery Step: If you are merely a spectator of recovery, it’s time to get into the game.