What does success look like for you? Most people define success in terms of material things while others would define success in regards to relationships or achievements. I can tell you what I think about success, but it honestly doesn’t matter. What or how someone defines success is all relative. In some families you would be considered a failure if you don’t have a college degree while in others it is not even a consideration.
I have many friends who are either in or have someone close to them bound by drugs or alcohol. I have a friend whose son is fighting addiction. Anyway, I was telling her that success for her son may not look like what she thinks.
We want to see people get free, straighten out all their legal issues, get a great job and start a family. Next, they will ride off into the sunset on a beautiful unicorn. Believe me that all those things are possible, and more. The stories of how someone becomes trapped are as different as the individuals. Addiction doesn’t care how old you are or where you grew up. It is not aligned to any specific skin type and could care less if you have lots of money or living from day to day.
A Twisty Road
Just like the stories are all different, the road to freedom often takes many turns. Psalm 130:7 in the Passion translation says “O Israel, keep hoping, keep trusting, and keep waiting on the Lord, for He is tenderhearted, kind and forgiving. He has a thousand ways to set you free.” I absolutely love that verse. Often we want to give up but don’t ever lose hope, God has 1,000 ways to set you free! One thing I have seen firsthand is that if someone is going to get their freedom, it will take lots of grace. I’m not saying that they are not held accountable or responsible for their actions, but they will need plenty of chances while they are working their way to freedom.
Another thing I have come to understand it that every person’s journey looks different. One of the programs that we offer at the Dream Center is Celebrate Recovery. It is a Christ centered 12 Step program for anyone dealing with hurt, habits or hang-ups. Every Tuesday night we gather for a warm dinner with our CR community. At 7 PM we have a service before we break up for small group discussion. This program is free and 100% anonymous. The hardest part is taking the first step and admitting that you need help. I promise you will be met with people who understand your struggle and will love you right where you are. With the support of Celebrate Recovery and God’s direction, you will find your own pathway to success.