HOW Hard Is This?!?!

The Bible reminds us just how powerless we are to do right things in our own strength – even as believers. So, if I’m going to be of much use in His Kingdom today, I’ll need to stay connected to Him and His plan for me.

I’ve learned a concept from the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text that addresses this issue very well and it’s become quite meaningful to me:

There is one thing more than anything else that will defeat us in our recovery; this is an attitude of indifference or intolerance toward spiritual principles. Three of these that are indispensable are honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. With these we are well on our way. (Chapter 4 “How it Works”)

This quote suggests the key to recovery (and spirituality) is an attitude — our attitude toward spiritual principles. Three of these principles are noted to be indispensable: Honest, Open and Willing (my abbreviated version!).

• Honest — with God about how I really think and feel today
• Open — to what God is saying to me through people, places and things today
• Willing — to do what I understand to be the next right thing

The fact it, this starting principle for recovery from drugs and alcohol comes from the foundational Biblical principles for a daily spiritual walk.

So, thinking about all this, I created my own definition for spirituality:

Living Honest, Open and Willing Before God One Day at a Time

We all need the same thing — every day. And I think it’s as simple as HOW – Honest, Open and Willing!

One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Deputy Director