Food for Thought - Feb 18 2008

Read as Single PagePage 1 of 1

When I tell people I'm a recovering alcoholic, I get a variety of responses. Some say, "Good for you!" Others say, "I always knew there was something weird about you." Some Christians say, "Isn't God capable of curing you? Why do you have to label yourself so negatively?"

My answers are simple. I'm neither hero nor victim. I don't deserve a badge of honor for remaining sober. It's merely part of my daily Christian walk. I wish I'd been smart enough to avoid the problem altogether. I pray my children will be.

I don't mind identifying myself as an alcoholic. However, when I give my testimony at churches, I begin with a more apt description: "Hi, my name is Linda, and I'm a ? sinner."

Excerpted from an article in a Leader's Guide to Understanding Addiction, a downloadable resource from Gifted For Leadership.

February 18, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Recent Posts

How Not to Lose Your Identity in Ministry
When I took a break from ministry, I realized I’d lost more than my job.
How to Lead Dominating Male Leaders
Three things I’ve learned as I’ve led dominant men
I Grew Up with Two Women Pastors
Seeing two women lead our church gave me the freedom to pursue the gifts God had given me.
Ministry Is a Team Sport
Though my instinct is to isolate, I’m learning to let others carry me.

Follow us

FacebookTwitterRSS

free newsletters:

Most Popular Posts

How to Lead Dominating Male LeadersIdeas for Women's MinistryDoes the Bible Really Say I Can’t Teach Men?How Not to Lose Your Identity in Ministry