In the early stages of recovery, our understanding of what we need can be vastly different from the reality of our deepest needs. The ‘Just for Today’ meditation for January 3rd brings this into focus, emphasizing that our greatest need is for the knowledge of God’s will for us and the strength to carry it out. Initially, many of us in recovery might have equated success with the accumulation of material possessions, mistaking outward achievements for genuine progress. However, true recovery transcends these superficial measures.
The most profound damage inflicted by addiction was to our spirituality. Dominated by the disease’s demands to get and use more, our lives lacked meaningful direction and spiritual connection. We were spiritually bankrupt. Recovery, therefore, is less about material success and more about spiritual rejuvenation. It’s in seeking and understanding God’s will that we find true purpose and direction, something that addiction had long concealed.
As we progress in recovery, the realization dawns that our primary need is spiritual guidance. In understanding and following God’s will, we discover a sense of direction and purpose that was previously obscured by addiction. This path leads us to freedom from the tyranny of self-will. No longer solely driven by personal desires and needs, we can relate to others more equitably and live a life that is truly fulfilling.
It’s important to note that there is nothing inherently wrong with achieving outward success. However, without the spiritual connection offered by the recovery process, our deepest needs remain unfulfilled, regardless of our external accomplishments. Our greatest need in recovery is to foster a vital, guiding connection with the God of our understanding, which ultimately brings the peace and fulfillment we seek.
This blog post, inspired by the “Just for Today” meditation for January 3rd, delves into the theme of redefining our needs in recovery, emphasizing the importance of spiritual guidance and understanding God’s will.