“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
Though Charles Dickens wrote those words in the 19th century, they could have been written this week. 2020 has been a year for the record books. In many ways, these are the best of times; in others, they are the worst of times.
Art Buchwald was right: “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”
In a year that has brought us COVID-19, record numbers of shootings, violence, and protests, one might ask, “How can these be the best of times?” Let me cite a few examples. There is more good stuff going on than you might think . . .
- God is on your side.
- You’re still in the fight (or you wouldn’t be reading this right now).
- There are more recovery tools available now than ever.
- You start each day sober.
- You have a support group available.
The Bible says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). That alone can make these “the best of times.”
Recovery Step: Yes, these are turbulent times. But remember, your recovery is about what is going on in you, not around you. Because of that, these can be “the best of times.”