If you could take one thing in your life, wrap it up in newspaper, seal it with duct tape and then burn it, what would it be?
We all have things that we’ve done or that we do that we’re not proud of.
Often that thing can be in secret, and is kept there because of the shame that it brings. We don’t want people to know about it. We don’t want people to find out this thing that may taint the image that we portray to them in every day life.
These things can slowly eat away at you. You feel less of a person because of them. They make you feel utterly guilty and utterly worthless. You have cheated yourself and you are ashamed of it.
But how many of us will continue doing it because its what we do when we feel guilty, shamed, or worthless?
Whether it be that you’re a closet smoker, a high/low stakes gambler, trapped in the addiction of s3x (keeping such words from shelving this blog over into the “adult” section), or you have a drinking problem; all of these addictions poison us and bring us down to a lower level than what we aspire to, and what God expects and wants for us.
In Romans 12 vs. 1 it states “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.” – New Living Translation.
Addictions are often physical. But they also affect us mentally and spiritually. Some of you may think I’m on a “holier than thou” banter; I’m not. For the past 3 years I have been struggling with an addiction of my own. I haven’t been able to kick it, despite my best efforts. But I am writing here now to encourage you.
If you are struggling to break a habit, whether it be from biting your fingernails to a sturdy relationship with drugs – be encouraged. Help is out there. God wants to help. And with it, close friends, family members, church goers, all want to help if only given the chance.
I can appreciate that the level of shame is great and that humbling yourself before those key people is hard because you care about what they think of you – but speaking from experience, those people wont scoff at you, they wont laugh, and they wont think any less of you.
If you need help, you have to ask for it. People aren’t mind readers.
For those of you that know me, I am struggling with my addiction. It is real and it is difficult to deal with. If you feel that you would like to help, please contact me. One way in which you can help me is to pray for me constantly, that I would be able to beat this once and for all.
‘Till next time…