I have been sick recently. I haven’t been blogging, attending recovery meetings, or church services very much. It isn’t just being sick that kept me from doing those important things. We also purchased a home and work has had a few surprises too with overtime that was totally unexpected…la substance de la vie. I am only able to focus on getting better.
Funny how sickness slows you down to think, to resolve, and to change. The first thing that happens as I get better, is looking inside myself for answers on how to NOT experience this illness again, and making life changes to heal those other sick areas in myself.
Here are some things I truly plan to do BETTER in 2014:
- I want to be a better person
- … to be a better husband
- …better father
- …better son
- …better sponsor
- …better employee
…better church member
Body, Soul, Spirit
It takes quite a bit of study and experience to understand la substance de la vie, (the stuff of life), when you are as hard-headed as I am. It was the book of Proverbs that opened my eyes to the true wisdom of living, in simple words.
“The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces”….”people who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray”…”the blessings of the Lord makes a person rich, and He adds no sorrow with it”. Proverbs 10:11,17,21 NLT
Healing the whole me is real wisdom God reveals in Proverbs. Many people improve themselves through personal determination. In most cases only the mind, or the body, or the spiritual side improves. But in surrendering of self to God’s plan in humility, knowing I cannot fix me, He can and will teach me the “imago Dei,” (image of God), that I am, developing body, soul, and spirit. I could place emphasis on the body, get fit, feel good. Who does that help? Just me.I could be the spiritual know-it-all, and truly help others…then drop dead from ignoring the body. The whole self is a mission only God performs to make me better.
Have you set any goals for 2014? If you have, I suggest commit them to paper and placing them where you see them every day. Don’t allow past failures to stop you from thinking, planning and acting. “If you aim for nothing, you will hit the target.”
Here are my aims at being “Better” in the year ahead. (If I can, I want to expound on some other insights on being better in posts for the next few, so stay tuned.)
2014, Better Spiritually
I am convinced Jesus Christ is Lord, but became a servant and suffered, died, and rose to life for all. I want to be like Him, have the same attitude toward lost humanity, and the body of followers..no matter their denomination. I want to become more acquainted with God as Abba, and friend, and imitate Him. (Eph.5:1) I want to be better to realize the Holy Spirit is inside me guiding, teaching, warning, me…making the Word reality, and giving me the words to speak, or not to speak at all.
2014, Better Physically
This is a biggie for me. Getting back to walking 4-5 times per week requires real time-balance, setting the time ahead of time and not wavering…just do it. Eat better, drink more water, and exercise.
2014, Better Mentally
The removal of bad habits leaves an empty spot in me, that has to be filled with a good habit. I like to read, and I’m convinced it can be garbage in garbage out, or life in, life out. Whatever I put inside my heart and mind produces the same. The Bible is my fave, but I also read scores of blogs, and other books. There’s no time for wasting so I only want readings that uplift and build, or bios and stories that have a point, or direction. Quiet meditation on good things read is life-changing.
2014, Better Recovery
It can be a paradox. Talking about self-improvement and serving in recovery. That is saying, take better care of yourself you are giving away. Recovery depends on giving back what you have been given…even more than you have been given. It is a balancing act that takes God’s help to achieve. Knowing when to stop and rest, and knowing when to go when you do not feel like moving must come from a power greater than me, or I become of no use to anyone.
I want this to be my way in 2014:
- work closer with those I sponsor, less texts, more face-to-face, or phone
- be consistent with meetings
- arrive earlier, stay later
- listen more intently
- be un-controlling, admit it when I don’t have an answer
- be totally honest, call bad behavior, bad behavior
- encourage and rebuke…both in love and with empathy
- give, give, and give Jesus at every opportunity
None of my 2014 hopes can be realized if I try to do these within myself. I need God’s help. I need to seek help from others. 8% of all resolutions are achieved. These are slated for 2014, the reality is they take a lifetime to achieve…one day at a time.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all…happy new life!