Someone I work with got fired the other day.
When I asked why, they told me he was taking stuff that didn’t belong to him. Apparently, my boss frowns on that sort of thing.
As an addict I had to let go of things that weren’t rightfully mine. Some of them were easy to give up. Some of them weren’t so easy. Now, don’t misunderstand; I’m not talking about material things like stolen jewelry or money. The things I had to give up were:
- Anger and resentment
- The need to be right
It sounds a little bit funny when you put it down on paper, but these things were hard to give up – they still are.
As an addict it is your job to let go and let God. Let go of the things that don’t belong to you; the things that were never meant to be part of your life.
Negative emotions are so commonplace that we live with them constantly, and never question their influence in our daily lives. In fact, we are more apt to justify why we feel negatively than try to give it up.
Just knowing that I am created for so much more than anger and low self-worth helps me to seek for something more in my recovery from addiction. The trick, I have found, is simply this: To claim what actually belongs to me!
When you asked God to remove your shortcomings, did you ever think to ask for something in its place? What about peace? How about humility? And don’t forget about honesty!
Let go of what doesn’t belong to you, and claim what is rightfully yours.