Step One starts out by saying ‘We admitted we were powerless over sin—that our lives had become unmanageable.’
It doesn’t just say, ‘I admitted’. The starting point for change is recognizing that ‘we’ have a common problem. The alcoholic, drug addict, sex addict, gambler and glutton all have problems that are common to man. Recognizing that the problem is widespread does not minimize how devastating it is. The step uses the word ‘we’ in a supportive context. Support groups for recovery find strength in the company of others who have suffered the same demise.
New Song Church is a support group for people who have admitted that sin has made their lives unmanageable. We come together in our confession ‘Lord have mercy. I am a sinner.’
Why do we wait until things are desperate before we make a change?
Maybe you have heard this quote—‘Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change’.
Do you have memories of reaching the bottom and finally being ready for change? I can think of painful moments with hot tears when I gave up my folly and turned to God for help. In fact, I have had to make repentance a life habit.
It took the prodigal son landing in a dirty pigpen and being penniless to realize where his choices had taken him. He had nothing now but a pair of dirty sandals and the rags on his back to journey homeward in. His sin had brought him to the admission of guilt and powerlessness. His journey home is the path of repentance. He has been disconnected from His father and family and the journey back is all about being restored to relationship and the submission to love.
Where are you in your journey? Are you running from home or have you started the sober journey homeward?