We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.

lrd-difficult-lossesSome of us have seen everything we have produced in life go up in smoke because of our addictions. If it hasn’t happened to us, surely we’ve seen others who have lost all that they have worked for: home, career, family, health, finances, and friendships. During the times when life becomes unmanageable, we are faced with the fact that we are not self-sufficient. Sometimes our losses (or even potential losses) can act to spur us on toward taking the first step on the road to recovery.

All of us have times of weakness; none of us are self-­sufficient. Jesus recognized this when he said, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned” (John 15:5-6).

Some of us have already lost many of the good things our lives produced. For us it is a matter of facing the losses, admitting that we can’t make it on our own, and starting to grow again. For others of us, things may still look rewarding, but if we don’t deal honestly with the effects of our addictions we risk seeing the fruits of our lives burned up. It’s hard to give up our pride and admit that on our own we “can do nothing.” Perhaps, by considering the possible losses and the value of our previous investments, we will be able to “hit bottom” before we lose everything.

Apart from God, our efforts cannot bear fruit.

Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.