We are going to know a new freedom . . . . ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83
For the first 3 years of my sobriety I walked life's journey with my eyes fixed on "not drinking". I heard old timers speak of seeking a higher power. I heard analogies like, "when you ski you look at where you want to go, and not where you do not want to go". But in truth, and despite what I said, sobriety was all about being physically free of the bondage of alcohol.
I have come to understand that I was not following the A.A. program authored by Bill W. and agreed by the 100 early members of A.A. in 1939. I was following a mish-mash of self help, cognitive behavioral therapy and the wise directives of a sober sponsor. Praise God that His love is not dependent on my performance. Praise God that attending regular meetings and a strong will allowed me to participate in life without the alcohol needed to numb my brain so that I could cope.
Real freedom ONLY came when I was born again and looked to Jesus on 10th October 2001. My eyes turned from alcohol and the worlds values, to a life lived by faith, following Jesus as the author and perfecter of that faith, as a child of God.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 ESV
Psalm 112:7 ESV He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12 ESV When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.