Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

02/05/2020

Bob Spaw

 

Dealing With Addiction

 

  As a child growing up in a small town in rural Arkansas, my best friend lived about one block North across a grassy field. Hardly a day went by that I wasn't at his house or he at mine. Everyone could see the path we took by the worn grass in the field where we walked.

 

  Returning home after a stint in the Army, I was surprised to still see an outline of that old path in the grass from years past. I'm told that addiction of all types form pathways in the brain like mine through the field of grass. They are always there to draw us back, even years later. It often takes more than Willpower to resist the pull, we need support from family and friends to resist that familiar pathway call.

 

  Some pathways are stronger than others, but the strongest one we ALL deal with is sin...

 

1 John 1.8 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

 

James 5.16 tells us how to get and give help with our addictions: "Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another."

 

  The support and prayers of Christian brothers and sisters will help us make right choices and recover from the poor ones. Be constantly on your guard for though the pathway is faded and dim–It's always there!

 

  I'm reminded of a song verse from years past "Right or left at Oak street it's a choice I make every day." Indeed, we must choose our own way every day to make the right choices and help others to do the same.

 

—Bob Spaw

 

Bob's remarks bring some

Scriptures on Choice to mind...

 

  In his farewell speech, Joshua challenged Israel with these words "Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve."

 

  At Mount Carmel, before Elijah faced the prophets of Baal, he challenged God's Children of all ages with these words: How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, then follow Him; but if Baal, follow him."

 

  James says a lot about our Life Choices:

"Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God;

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble;

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you;

Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you;

The one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin."

 

  Our Scriptures end with an invitation to choose: "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life."