Men of Redemption

Restoring a Life of Purity – One Day at a Time

Doing Something Different in Your Recovery for 2017? You Should

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 4, 2017

The 2016 year is over, it’s gone, never to return. There’s no need to look back. The new year is upon us. Every new year we look for things to do differently, changes to make, our thought process to be improved, and bringing on new perspectives. We’ve overcome some challenges, some obstacles so now heading into 2017, what are our plans, our goals, and our understanding to do better, to be a better person in the new year? I know, we’ve vowed to do something different but some of us have already made up our minds that we’ve made enough changes in our lives and recoveries that it should be enough for us if we just keep moving forward with those plans and perspectives. Well, if you’re one of those individuals who have settled for that train of thought, I want to encourage your thinking and perspective: if you bring the same mentality in something new you’re bound to repeat it with the same results or worst.

Taking an inventory of what we’ve accomplished thus far in our recovery is one thing we must do. Sure, we’ve made some gains, steps in the right direction, and most of all some serious consistency in all of our efforts. But at the end of the day, we still find things we could’ve done to make them better. Or there were some choices we made that could’ve waited for further understanding instead of rushing the situation. Now, with that being said, what kind of changes or something different will you pursue in your recovery that will make a complete difference in what you did last year? Being honest, there are a whole lot of things we could do. And I think one of the very first things we can do is . . . Be more intentional about purpose and perspective.

We already have a recovery structure that’s basically designed to help place disciplines in our lives where there weren’t any so that’s a start. We’ve worked on that all year and we’ve achieve some consistency. We’re happy, and feel better about ourselves than we have in quite some time. But there is that thought of “I could’ve done better. I could’ve done more!” Or, we’ve even began questioning our own decisions: “Did I make the right choice in this situation? I should have waited for that until I spoke to . . . “ So now we understand that our efforts were honest, but we could’ve done more or had more patience in making our decisions prematurely. We don’t want to take the same mindset we used in 2016 into 2017 because we will get the same results. So what to we do differently this year? Well, let our intentions be honorable and not self-centered. We need to stop thinking that every step we make in recovery is a victory. In some instances it is, but remember some steps end up being steps taken backwards and we have to count those. Denial has to leave! And then there is our perspective. How we see ourselves in recovery and what we’re doing is a big challenge for a lot of us. We have to trust the process in which we’re involved in. If we didn’t give 100% last year because we thought our efforts were good enough so  we slacked off in pursuing purity, we’ve only deceived ourselves, and our perspective has been warped. We need to have a permanent focus on what we’re attempting to do and stick with it no matter how hard or difficult it may appear or get along our journey.

So when we decide on what changes we want to make for this year, 2017, consider the above, and really look at ourselves and be real. See where we’ve could’ve done better and be better! Look at what we’ve could’ve done and just do it! Get intentional, focus on the goal of pressing on for the higher calling and watch this year turn into the best year you’ve had in recovery. EVER!!

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

–  Philippians  3:12-14

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