This is part 5 of a series intended to focus on what has worked for us as we learn to walk the path laid out for us. For us, what has given us the strength to grow is a program called Celebrate Recovery. We hope that, if you haven’t already established a support system for yourself, you will give Celebrate Recovery some consideration. Although this site is dedicated to mental well-being, Celebrate Recovery is a program for anyone with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This includes substance abuse, struggles with faith, and even temporary issues that require a healthy support system. This series has a goal: to create awareness and raise money for further training for us as Celebrate Recovery leaders and mental health champions. This August, we have an opportunity to attend a training summit in California to further our ability to walk with others on this faith-based healing journey. If you feel called to donate, there is a link at the bottom of this page to do so. Thank you for reading and being a part of our journey. Now, let’s walk together toward healing…
There are several people credited with the saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. I found an article in Psychology Today that takes offence to that. Saying insanity should be reserved for legal proceedings, the author of this article says we should not consider insanity, but consider perseverance (a good habit) versus perseveration (a bad habit). I see a little bit of both
Perseveration is a maladaptive repetition of a gesture, a word or an act. In terms of Celebrate Recovery, this would apply to acts, or habits that are harmful to us. Insanity implies a maladaptive inability to distinguish between right and wrong. Isn’t that how we walk through the doors of recovery? That’s how I felt. I was in a cycle of repetition of the same maladaptive behaviours, hoping for change. Basically insane from trying to fix myself on my own.
I started breaking my cycle of insanity about three (ish) years ago. I started attending Celebrate Recovery, going once a week to the meetings and listening – really listening – to what was being taught. The fifth principle really hit home: “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God Requires” (Matthew 5:6a, TEV)
Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires ~Matthew 5:6
Thing is, I had read this verse previously as ‘thirsting for righteousness’. Again, not knowing what I was reading, I shrugged it off and ignored it. Thirsting for righteousness? That’s a freakin’ unattainable goal! Depression has already convinced me that I will fail at any attempt to be righteous (or seek right standing with God as the Amplified Bible says). I can barely measure up to my own standards let alone God’s standards!
But let’s look at this verse like it’s therapy. Like I’m going to a trained professional whose job it is to improve my mental well-being. They will listen to me, get to know what’s going on and then give me tasks to do in order to cause growth and improved mental health skills. I get homework, and have to walk through some painful things in order to deal with things causing me harm that I am hanging on to.
HOLD THE PHONE THAT’S WHAT THIS VERSE IS!!!! Like a therapist, God has put tasks on me to grow closer to Him. He has a plan for me that I have fought for so long, doing the same thing over and over thinking I could improve. As I work through the steps of recovery, I begin doing what God requires. By actively working on my walk with Jesus, I am seeking righteousness.
At the point I’m at now, I can see that, as I grow, God continues to give me new tasks (or lays out more path for me to walk on). Some of the plans that God had for me were hard for me to see the benefits that would come. I’ve had to take a step back from friendships, forgive people I didn’t want to, even let go of seemingly comforting resentments that held me back (some of these just recently). God has taken me through looking inward and pushing on doors I never would have thought to push on to get me where I am.
God has asked me to do the hard work. I wish I could tell you it got easier once I started, but there were times, I wanted to walk away. Times I wanted to give up. Times I didn’t think I could see this ‘happiness’ Matthew 5:6 talks about. Honestly, this hard work has been changing my definition of what happiness is. I am pleased with where I am. Content with how I am. Happy because I am working to do what God requires of me.
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