A lot of big things have happened on this day in history – September 18.
- Cornerstone is laid for the U.S. Capitol Building (1793)
- Creation of the phonograph (1877)
- CBS debuted (1952)
- Roger Clemens struck out 20 batters (1996)
But the most significant September 18 event came in 1964. It was on this day, 58 years ago, that The Addams Family debuted on ABC. Starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, and Ted Cassidy, the sitcom featured a family of misfits. And the public loved it.
That’s how we are. We love to watch people who make us look normal.
I see that in addiction all the time. “Compared to Charlie, I’m not so bad,” we tell our wives. And it’s true. Compared to somebody somewhere, you’ve an absolute saint.
But we are told to compare ourselves only to Christ.
Recovery Step: “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked” (1 John 2:6).