Alcoholism And The Power Of Prayer: Help Me To Accept The Things I Cannot Change
In our harried and frazzled world many things can interact to cause recovering alcoholics to make selections we shouldn't. A number of these things we must actively work to switch. Others nonetheless , simply can not be changed. When these things are making a contribution to behavior that imperils our health, our relations with others, and even our spirituality, it is not a weakness to turn to prayer. The words “Lord, help me to accept the things I cannot change” offer comfort and focus.
Everything from a boss who is indifferent and rude, to insufficient money to pay the bills, to a neighbour who plays their music too loud can change into a reason to turn to alcohol or other drugs. The reality is that this choice only makes our situation worse. When we drink our Problems increase.
Alcohol brings out the worst in us. It emboldens us to speak our mind to that boss, to sillily spend what money we do have, and to let our wrath control our interactions with our neighbour and everybody else in our lives. Alcohol isn't a solution to our Problems. Prayer can be.
When we conscientiously pray we will learn how to accept the things that we can't change. Prayer allows us to change our mindset. Our outrage subsides, our logic takes over, and we will better think out our options. We can resolve ourselves to ignore comments that would have been better left unsaid. An uninterrupted flow of paychecks will be our reward. Income warranted, we can next apply ourselves to better budgeting our money and dealing peacefully with that selfish neighbour.
Turning to prayer to gain focus is a positive approach to dealing with Problems. It directs our attention in the correct direction and permits us to logically ascertain a solution to our issues. Alcohol has the opposite effect.
Karen Jacobs is a contract writer and recovering alcoholic who lives and works in pretty Western Kentucky. She writes on obsession recovery subjects, including Suboxone addictions and withdrawal fromCymbalta symptoms.
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