No Confusion Here

A friend of mine recently celebrated two years of recovery in AA, a blessed time free from the daily scourge of drinking and using drugs. I am very proud of him, and many others I have known over the years who reclaim their lives from the demon of addiction.

Addiction may seem to clarify life–everything becomes about getting and using the drug of choice–but in reality it creates enormous confusion. When we live our lives in thrall to a thing, a substance, it eventually causes everything else in our lives to fall apart.

My friend experienced that disintegration–he hit his bottom, as folks in AA say–and he realized something one of my mentors says, “God is not the author of confusion.” The alcohol and  drugs had been the god that led him to disaster. God saved him, and showed him a different path, which, among other things, brought him back to church.

You may or may not be an active or even closet addict–many of us at least have some tendencies in that direction–but there is probably something that is sowing confusion in your life. It is not God.

Today, I draw courage from my friend, knowing I too can focus on God and let go of the things that are not God in my life.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

2 thoughts on “No Confusion Here”

  1. Because I had the pleasure and blessed opportunity to also have shared in the knowledge of your friend’s 2 years anniversary of sobriety, I’d just like to leave a word.
    Your support, guidance and prayers have been instrumental, in more ways than you can imagine, in our friends daily journey. To say thank you seems not nearly enough. I praise God for you, Pastor Robin, and your solicit your continued prayers. I give God all the praise and glory both for you and “our” friend.

  2. I am proud of our mutual friend, too, and was honored to spend his two year anniversary with him on Wednesday. I was touched by his testimony.

    You are correct that most of us have tendencies toward addictions. I am finding that, through taking time for myself each day in prayer and meditation, it is helping me overcome my food addiction and work addiction. I am in a good place right now and am grateful for your guidance and support.

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