A Cornerstone For Sobriety
By Chaplain Ty
What are the first things that come to
your mind when you think of humility?
Weakness, modesty, or meekness?
Merriam-Webster defines humility as: not
proud or haughty: not arrogant or
assertive. As I understand that definition
it makes sense why the alcohol rehab fellowships of
drug addiction fellowships of
would have this as a corner stone for
living a sober life. Life often comes with
its challenges and its victories and it takes
a daily discipline of not letting the
excitement of the victories set you up to
We live in a day and age where
everyone wants to be the star. They want
to out shine, out cook, out dress, out
dance, and out sing. The problem with
this is that lime light is not always what
it is cracked up to be. Even in the
scriptures, the disciples asked Jesus who
will be the greatest? I believe that this is
why the Bible does not say to be who you
are. It asks you to strive to be like God,
to imitate him in word and deed.
When I think about humble people
they are not always the heroes in the
world. At some point in time most people
want to be appreciated for their hard
work. When I look closely I find that
humble people are not the weak, they are
the silent giants that make organizations
work. They are the diligent workers that
are reminded of their contribution as a
piece of the whole and not the only
change agent. There are many humble
leaders that we can learn to follow their
example in light of our own personal
strengths and weaknesses.
The 7th Step says, “Humbly asked him
to remove our shortcomings.” In order
to effectively work this Step, one needs
to have done a 4th and 5th Step and
become aware of their character defects,
fears, worst things and resentments. The
Serenity Bible states that we need humility
for three reasons:
1) So that we can recognize the
severity of our character defects.
2) So that we can acknowledge the
limits of human power in
addressing these character
3) So that we can appreciate the
enormity of God’s power to
As one takes up the daily task of
reminding themselves to be humble, these
three principles help to keep that person
in touch with the reality. This also helps
them to be aware of where they are on
the canvas of God’s design. It helps to
put things in perspective and give the
ability to make that daily commitment
to be humble for today.
When I found myself going through
some tough times I would say this little
prayer: “Lord, I cannot make excuses for
yesterday and I cannot promise anything
for tomorrow, but please help me today.”
While this may seem elementary, this
prayer helped me to take the focus off of
me and open myself for God to work
through my life. I am the oldest of five
kids and when I finally realized that the
earth would still rotate, and the
atmosphere would stay in place, I was
shocked but relieved. I realized that my
efforts only could not help me. I
understood that I could only do so
much before I would be overwhelmed.
Most importantly, I knew that God could
take the broken pieces of my shattered
life and create a beautiful master piece.
When you are putting on make-up, or
grooming yourself, ask your HP to help
you to be humble for today.
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