Under The Influence

The end of 2013 is near, 2014 around the bend. I hope you had a good year in 2013. This year is not quite finished, but this is a time many people begin to contemplate goals for the next year ahead. However, those of us in recovery from addictions know the importance of living in today without long-term projections.

I never questioned the logic of the statement, “one day at a time” earlier in my sobriety. So many come to recovery with consequences from living a self-indulging life, and we cannot focus on the problems that lie ahead, or we may go right back to where we were. Today, after some time in recovery, not to plan can be as dangerous. We all need to understand this paradox, stay in today  plan for tomorrow.
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Alexander Hamilton
If you have read my past blogs, you know how strongly I urge the recovering to have a daily ritual directing the day focused on God’s help through prayer and meditation. Some take the advice, and have developed a strong sense of doing the “next right thing,” as well as dealing with daily challenges and confrontations that arise. We are either moving toward recovery, or away from it.
I have all of the respect for the devotionals offered through AA, NA, whether they are actual literature that is approved by the programs, or from Hazelden. The aim of these are for the reader to remain clean and sober, or free from whatever binds you. They worked for me in my recovery, but as a follower of Christ, I needed something more. As it turned out, so did many others in recovery.
The end result was my book, “Under The Influence.” The “more” I needed, as many do, was to develop a deeper walk with Christ in my recovery. The book delivers what I hoped it would, helping people to grow in recovery, in relationships with others, and in their walk with Christ. It seemed odd, why, I don’t know, but those without recovery issues have said it helps them, and they read it daily. I do not want to appear braggadocious, but grateful.
If you are planning for the year ahead, to begin a daily regimen with God in devotion. Check “Under The Influence” out. Here’s how to get the book:
Or you can get the book through Barnes and Noble, and it is available at any bookstore if you have the name and author correct. Or you can go to the publisher:
It is 388 pages, but only one page a day, one day at a time, and takes 5-10 minutes daily. If you want to send the book to an inmate, contact me at skeithbarnes.com. 
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

4 thoughts on “Under The Influence

  1. Keith,

    You are so right when you say “stay in today plan for tomorrow.” is so true in every aspect of our Christian walk. Very well explained. Thank you.

    Also thanks for your diligence in writing your book and sharing your life lessons in it. May the Lord continue to be honored and glorified in your writings. Lord bless you.

  2. Some very strong and important lessons here to be learned from your personal experiences. Tomorrow is never promised, therefore it is truly important for all of us to learn how to live this day, one day at a time. God knows what he has in store for us and he has planned it all out. The only thing we need to do is to learn to follow His plans and His patterns. Living for Christ will help us to over come many struggles and obstacles that are placed in our pathway daily. All I can say is may God bless you abundantly as you continue to walk out your purpose and teach others through your life lessons how they to can overcome and be an inspiration and guide for others to follow. Stay strong, be courageous, remain focus and keep your eye on the Lord.

    • I am truly humbled by your kind words Pastor. I can say all of the blogging I have done in the past year and a half has much to do with your inspirational posts, both you and sister Shirley, and your encouraging words of kindness. May the Lord cause you to ride the high places and make your life to bless even more people worldwide!

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