A Simple Thought
In AA it is taught over and over that until one gets a grip on their life and clears their heart and head they should act “as if”. “As if” all is well and begin the process of retraining ones thoughts towards the positive and away from those thoughts that bought a seat in an AA meeting!! When attempting to fill a “God sized hole” with anything other than God, well, there is usually a problem with that equation – it doesn’t add up. The hole remains and allows for gaps in our heart which infiltrate our thinking (our mind) and this is when everything goes wrong. Our mind begins running the show and if the mind is corrupt with carnal thoughts, with deceptive thoughts or with fearful thoughts our actions become a direct reflection of this chaos.
We all deal with corruption in our own way. For some it’s booze, others sex and still others something altogether different. None of these items are inherently bad or evil, it’s when one or more of these items takes the place that should be occupied by God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. When we stop acting “as if” we are a child of God, we immediately head down a path away from God; the corruption takes root and the-next-thing-you-know we are days, weeks, months and years removed from our Savior. It all starts with a simple thought.
I Peter 1 NKJV
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
16 because it is written,
“Be holy, for I am holy.”
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.