Something We Can ALL EXCEL in this Year ~ blog
OK…my list of things I should excel in this year is pretty much the same as it was last year and in which I did not do very well. I should excel in maintaining a good diet carefully watching my intake of sugar since I am a Type 2 Diabetic. Well, I carefully watched it alright as since Halloween I have been stuffing my face with way too much candy and desserts.
I should excel in moderate amounts of exercise daily like going for a walk or at least doing some stretching or yoga. However, most of the yoga instructors are not women a recovering sex addict should be watching.
Let me suggest to you one thing that we should all be excelling at on a daily basis. It is simple, costs nothing, biblical, and can truly have an impact on how you are feeling every day. If you are thinking it’s martini’s for breakfast, you would be wrong. Let’s see if you can find it in this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18;
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances…”
A friend of mine wrote a whole book on this called; “Thank You Therapy” by Don Baker. However, even the Apostle Paul who wrote that verse from 1 Thessalonians and I assume practiced it also wrote this in Philippians 4:
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Now if you have read the book of Acts and many of Paul’s letters you know that his life really sucked most of the time. While in Philippi, after healing with a demon-possessed woman who was being used to make money as a fortune-teller, her owners had Paul and Silas dragged into the marketplace before the magistrates where they were…
“The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.”
Not a good day to be sure for Paul and Silas…yet around midnight they were praying and singing hymns to God as the other prisoners listened in. Imagine what the other prisoners were thinking? These two men having been stripped and beaten with rods to the extent that they were “severely flogged,” dragged off to the prison and then their feet put in stocks…and yet around midnight they are praying and singing hymns to God.
What was Paul’s secret to being content in all things? He rejoiced…always. He prayed continually. And He gave thanks in ALL circumstances.
This, my friends, is one thing we need to learn to do if we want to find contentment here and now in 2021…regardless of what our future holds. It is an exercise I tell men to do whom I am coaching in their own recovery. I tell them to get a notebook and every day before they go to sleep, write down two things for which they are thankful. It can be things about God, who He is and what He has done, or even things that you are dealing with that you would not normally think about being thankful over.
This is what James tells us to do and it can have a remarkable effect on how you are feeling;
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Wow…that is a pretty amazing promise. Looking at the trials we are facing and giving thanks to God for them and even being joyful that we are in them…can cause us to grow stronger in perseverance and as we develop that…we can become more mature and complete…not lacking anything.
I challenge you to do this daily for 30 days and see if it does not begin to impact how you are feeling. I dare you…I double-dog dare you. Or you can continue to live in fear, wallowing in self-pity, and despair. It is NOT denying that there is a problem when there is a problem, but it is looking beyond the problem and thanking God, by faith, for what He is going to do.
Now…about tonight. At 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time in the USA – New York Time I am hosting my monthly 180 Webinar and will be teaching on Community and the healing that comes when we live connected to others who are helping one another. Breaking your Isolation needs to be the first step you must take if you want to go further in your recovery.
If you really want 2021 to be better than 2020 in your recovery from your sexual brokenness, then I urge you to sit in and participate with me. You can be anonymous with no video if you want. There is no recording of the session and who is on it so you and your identity will be safe. So, please, join me tonight at this Zoom location and I hope to see you there…
180 LIVE Webinar Link for TONIGHT @ 9:00 PM EST