Long ago, at a previous job, I had a friend (one of My Angels) who battled lots of difficult pains and struggles, one of which was addiction. Now, before you jump the boat and immediately begin defining her addiction, I want you to take a step back and just look at addiction for the sake of what it is: addiction. Many of us have chemical addictions to caffeine. Um…hello to all of you who sleep in “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” jammies! An addiction is an addiction, whether it is emotional, chemical or whatever. Period. Let’s move on.
I watched my friend struggle her addictions, sometimes on a moment by moment basis. I was able to see within her spirit the desire to continue on. The fight to keep on fighting. The defeats that she sometimes crawled through. From her perspective, she only saw the failures and mistakes she made each day. From my perspective, How, I didn’t know. Then one day she shared with me.
Every morning, she would get up early and give her day to God. She would ask God to carry her burdens for the day and guide her actions and thoughts. She described to me the sense of peace that would help her through the day.
We are all human beings, and capable of failure, setback and burnout among many other things. Sometimes it is hard to accept our humanness. The worries and anxieties of everyone’s expectations (including your own) overwhelm you. They sure worry me. Now, in the mornings, I open my morning with prayer and thanksgiving to God. I pray for strength to get through the day, and for the wisdom to make good decisions and be good help to many.
I challenge you to try the same…Each morning, spend a few minutes and pray. Give your day to God.
Each and every morning,
I give my concerns to You, God.
I acknowledge my weaknesses.
Please guide my hands,
And my decisions,
And my perspectives,
And my compassion.
I ask that You work through me.
Love and inspire others through me.
I will listen for Your voice.
And I will know,
The richness of Your Love,
And Jesus’ Sacrifice,
And how the Holy Spirit lives within us.
I will listen for your voice.