Today:

I am abstinent by the grace of God, one more day at a time.  For details, check out my food journal.

 

From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:

“With practice, my abstinence has become easier and cleaner. With practice, working the Steps has become easier and clearer. Things have become lighter and brighter with practice, the true beauty of my life has emerged, and I’ve contacted my soul.”

The difference between a master and an amateur is persistent practice.  No one starts out anything perfect at it, no one can get masterful at anything without making mistakes, and no one who quits ever wins. The reality is that we all make mistakes, but none of us is one.  When I have let frustration with my mistakes stop me from progressing, I have forfeited countless opportunities to become something new, learn a new skill, develop a talent – I have limited the Creator from building of me all He could.

God, I offer my entire self to You, frailties, defects, and all, to build with me and to do with me whatever Your infinite wisdom should plan.  Help me to follow Your plan and to do Your will, even when it gets tough.

From Proverbs Chapter 19:

11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

When I begin to accept myself in spite of my mistakes, it becomes easier to see that my judgment of others is just as counterproductive.  Allowing others to make their mistakes without incurring my scorn, correction, or ridicule will help foster my own growth as I continue to develop this new talent of fumbling without forfeiting.  The same God who is remaking me is at work in every life with which I have contact.  If I should refrain from criticizing His work in me, then I certainly have no reason to find fault in others!

 

Holy Father, help me to remember that those I would help will be less likely to hear it over my criticism.

From my reading through the Bible, currently in Job 4 and 5:

Here comes the cautionary part of Job, the part where Job’s well-meaning, but ill-informed friends speak.  Had I not read this book before, I might be hanging on every word of Eliphaz, since his speech ended up in Scripture, but I know that the three friends will later receive a verbal lashing from God for their bad advice and faulty judgment. (See Job 42:7.) I have heard some recommend that the Book of Job should be read in its entirety or not at all, and this is one of the reasons.  Still, I will pick from it what I can, in the brief morning moments I spend with it.

One of Eliphaz’s first mistakes was a presumption that man might be perfect enough to become immortal on his own. He tried to encourage Job by pointing out his righteous life, and posed the faulty rhetorical questions, “4:7 Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?”  Well, Eliphaz, none (up to that point) had ever accomplished innocence, and all mankind dies.  Even his own argument seems to make this point later, when he described God as One who judges angels, and will surely therefore find occasion to judge mankind.  One verse I could relate to in this passage was in Job 4:17, “Can a mortal be more righteous than God?  Can a man be more pure than his Maker?”  The assumed answer is painfully obvious, but the mortal man still tends to assert himself.  I have done it in my rebellious reservation, in promoting my self-loathing over His grace, and in my critical judgment of others who are His workmanship.  In any number of ways, I have stacked my own will against God’s, and the result was just what one might expect: restlessness, irritability, and discontent.  I just didn’t know at the time that those were merely God’s burners under my feet, encouraging me to get back in alignment with His will.  Eliphaz gets it right when he says, in Job 5:17, “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Thank You, Gracious Master, for gently guiding me home, though so many times I have wandered from Your will.

From the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, “How it Works” page 58:

Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.”

OD@aT:

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  3 John 2

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