Eddie Van Halen said, “There’s a plaque on our wall that says we’ve sold over 65 million albums, and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything. I feel like I’m just getting started.” The rock legend continues to travel the world and perform before enormous crowds, 48 years since he got started. Now 65, Van Halen is a survivor of tongue cancer, hip surgery, avascular necrosis, and diverticulitis. It is that “I’m just getting started” attitude that has brought him from a small home in the Netherlands to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The reason so many of us fail in recovery is that we never go all in. For each of us, there must be that starting point when we say, “I’m done with this addiction. I refuse to live this way any longer. I’m going to do whatever it takes to get well.”
I like the way Paul Valery said it: “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
If you are living in your addiction, it’s time to wake up. If you are still hanging onto “a little porn,” thinking you aren’t hurting anyone, it’s time to wake up.
Recovery Step: Paul wrote, “Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!” (Romans 13:14). If you are still living in your addiction, it’s time to wake up, get up, and get started!