Every Thursday night I get to be part of an extraordinary event. Each week over 100 people gather to share their struggles and their victories over addictions, compulsive behaviors, relationship issues, grief, pain, loss and more. Recovery at Dayton, part of the Recovery at Cokesbury Network, is changing lives in our church and in our community in amazing ways.
There are a myriad of ways in which this ministry is touching the lives of those who have long been overlooked or forgotten or ignored but one of the major ways is that it offers a fresh start to every person. At Recovery at Dayton everybody matters. I get to tell people every week that while they may have been dealing or been dealt all sorts of things in the past, here in this place we deal two things: Hope and Freedom. And we got it in spades.
Why? Because we believe strongly that Jesus is in this place and he is the champion of hope and freedom. His mission is to set people free from their captivity and to bring rest and peace to the weary. He has an abundant supply of mercy and hands it out generously. And even if you don’t believe in him he believes in you, enough to die for you, and if you will keep showing up he will show up in unexpected ways and move in on your life and everything will change.
This past week I got to hand out 15 white chips of hope. These chips don’t require any time of sobriety. They are given to those who desire to receive the hope and freedom being freely offered and desire to begin a new life starting today. One of those 15 who came forward was so grateful to be dealt some hope that he took a picture of his chip and posted it to Facebook:
I want to offer you the same chip today. While I can’t give it to you personally, I want you to know that Jesus is present and has been calling you. That you are reading this blog is evidence of that. He has something he wants to say to you and it’s this:
I love you. I gave my life for you when no one else would look at you. If you will start doing life with me you will know freedom like you have never known before. Just take the first step.
It’s our failures and mistakes and our brokenness which qualify us for this chip, and for Jesus’ love. Jesus said blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God (Matt. 5:3). If you are tired of being sick and tired then you are in the perfect position for Jesus to change your position. Take that first step and receive your chip of hope.
Find a group that can support you in your walk. Find a local AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous) or SA/SAA (Sexaholics/Sex Addicts Anonymous) group in your area.
Check out our Recovery at Cokesbury link for additional resources as well as information on how you can join one of our meetings if you live near one of our campuses. You can also view online all the recovery teachings given each Thursday night.
For those struggling with pornography/sex addiction you can also join one of our online support groups at X3 Groups. I lead one of them on Monday mornings, but we have awesome group leaders leading numerous groups all week long. We also have support groups for spouses!
You can’t walk this walk alone, and the good news is you don’t have to. Take your white chip of hope today and take your first step towards freedom with others.
Please email me if you need some help in finding a place to connect. I’d love to help: email@example.com