I’m certain you are all familiar with Mark Twain’s quote, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” As the Grey’s Anatomy character, Meredith Grey, so eloquently put it, “No, it’s a freakin’ ocean!”
It is true that we all have a difficult time admitting character flaws, problems, bad habits, wounds, or issues. Our ego holds us back from being honest about those things, because it’s convinced us that our value somehow decreases with honesty. But truth asks us to be honest so that it can set us free! Jesus’ close companion John wrote this ::
You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
The problem with addiction is that it lives and feeds on lies that keep us stuck. When we start to pursue freedom, addiction has to die. Truth is, addiction likes to live and will do almost anything to save itself. Gerald May, in his book, Addiction and Grace, puts it much more eloquently ::
Addiction is not something we can simply take care of by applying the proper remedy, for it is in the very nature of addiction to feed on our attempts to master it.
I hope this week you have been asking yourself the hard questions and looking in the mirror of your soul to discover some of the things in your life that could benefit from transformation. In order for the transformation to begin we have to acknowledge and define what lies, beliefs, and behaviors are keeping us stuck. Recovery asks us to go one step further, it asks us to admit…to confess. If I have a problem with my arm, it is a persistent problem that causes me pain, and I never tell a doctor…I remain stuck in pain. In order to get the healing we desire, we have to be willing to verbalize the area that needs healing. James, an apostle of Jesus, put it this way ::
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Before the journey to healing can begin, we have to be willing to acknowledge the area of need. We have to ask the Doctor for healing!