Martin Luther said, “When you wash your face, remember your baptism.”
Translation: Never forget from whence you came. Remember your past and learn from it. We should take time to reflect on what got us into recovery and cherish the lessons we have learned along the journey. This will keep us on track and focused.
Paul advised, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).
How does this work on a practical level? Let me suggest a couple of things. First, circle your sobriety date on the calendar of your mind. Each year (or month), celebrate the progress you have made. While you aren’t who you will become, you aren’t who you used to be, either. That’s a big deal.
Second, take the next step forward. Do the things today that tomorrow will thank you for. Never take your sobriety for granted.
Recovery Step: Never forget what got you here. And never be satisfied to stay here.