When I was about 15, Dad bought us a telescope. My brother and I looked at the moon and other celestial objects for hours. But then boredom set in, so we turned the telescope around and looked through it the other way. Instead of objects looking bigger and closer, they appeared smaller and further away.
C.S. Lewis said that pride is like looking through a telescope upside down, making us seem bigger and the heavens smaller.
We are warned, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
It is that kind of selfless living that carries us away from our addictions and toward our Savior.
Recovery Step: Look to the interests of someone else today. In the process of helping them, you will help yourself.