Proverbs 26:11 (ESV) says, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.”
If an addict can be likened to the fool in the above verse, then the “folly” is his addiction. He knows it’s bad, the stench wafting from it makes him gag, yet he can’t help himself.
It’s sheer folly–and a form of insanity. Both crazy and stupid, it’s been said, are alike in this regard: repeating the same actions, the same behaviors, over and over again, and yet expecting a different result. Insane, right?
Yet, I’ve been there. Call it an addiction, call it a besetting sin–yours is likely different from mine–call it whatever, it’s what we turn to–instead of God–when life feels like it’s caving in. And we do it over and over again.
For me, having been exposed at a very young age, it used to be Mr. Hefner’s fine glossy product. After having gone through Celebrate Recovery, that is no longer an issue (I say this entirely without hubris).
That said, like the formerly demon-possessed, one cannot merely sweep a house clean, and leave it empty. It’s not enough to eliminate a negative: one must replace it with a positive. And that is what I’m attempting to do with this blog: share some laughs, stories, struggles, in the hopes of connecting with fellow-pilgrims on the way.
In the interests of disclosure, and because confession is indeed good for the soul, I need to tell you that where I still struggle is in buying books. In and of itself this may not be a bad thing, but if you saw my house, you would understand why I don’t need any more.
And yet, despite promises to my long-suffering wife, I can’t help myself. Like an addict, I don’t want to. I’ve replaced one addiction with another. I’m laying this on the table for three reasons:
1) Because I want your prayers.
2) Because I want you to know that you’re not alone.
And 3) Because I want to know I’m not alone.
To that end, I’m both extremely proud, and humbled to be a part of Alise Wright’s Not Alone project:
The book releases in just a few short weeks! You can preorder it today. I hope you do. Because you are not alone.