“The end of the matter is better than its beginning” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).
The Book of Exodus gives us the account of God’s children making their way from Egypt to the Promised Land. Had they taken the most direct route, it would have been a 200-mile trek. But God led them on the long route, which took 40 years. Why? Because they were not yet ready for the land of promise.
Think of recovery as your Promised Land. The journey is rarely a straight line, nor is it usually short. The road to recovery is less likely to be an interstate highway than it is to be a winding country road with numerous curves, detours, and unexpected potholes.
Everyone always starts well, with a therapy session, a 12-Step meeting, or a world class prayer of repentance, coupled with a genuine declaration to never, ever fail again. But Day 2 of recovery matters just as much as Day 1.
Let’s end the way we started: “The end of the matter is better than its beginning” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).
Recovery Step: Commit to the road of recovery, no matter how winding, how long, and how difficult it may become.