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Never Give Up

 

Don’t quit before the miracle happens—AA Slogan

 

 

Father,

As the vicissitudes of life have turned against me,

And it seems like nothing but misfortune

Will be in my path for the foreseeable future,

Anxiety and fretful worry fill my days.

When I awaken in the middle of the night,

I am filled with dread and foreboding.

My mind races and my heart churns apprehensively.

Nevertheless, at the deepest level of my being,

A quiet persistent voice tells me to never give up.

When I rise in the morning, I am filled with resolve,

Knowing that the quiet voice came from You.

As the days pass and my pressures increase,

I feel battered and beaten at every turn.

It seems like everything that can go wrong certainly does.

Maintaining a positive outward demeanor,

I remain determined to do the next right thing,

Regardless of what that might be.

I have no choice but to follow this path.

Despite my resolve, my insides are numb and feeble.

Pressures from my circumstances intensify,

Weighing me down, relentlessly grinding me to despair.

As I bow my knee and ask for relief,

Which I know can only come from You,

I realize that I have no answers within me.

 

In the quietness of my heart,

Your voice continues to resonate,

Telling me to never, never give up.

As the weeks turn into months, with no respite from my travails,

Having been abandoned by all who once wished me well,

All that remains are those who desire me harm.

I feel undone, fearing that my heart will break,

But I have no choice other than to press forward.

There is no alternative, and I cannot abandon my purpose.

It’s not in my nature to do so, and that will never change.

With this in mind, I bolster myself repeatedly affirming

That I will never give up—never, never, never give up.

Lord, my life is in Your hands, and You alone know

What day my complete restoration will eventuate.

Until that time, I know what I must do.

I must relentlessly press forward

And never, never, never, never give up,

Amen.

 

 

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (Hebrews 10:35-36)

Jack Watts

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Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation—AA Slogan

 

 

There is a Scripture that says, “Without a vision, the people perish.” This can also mean, “The people are unrestrained.” In America, I believe the second interpretation is the most accurate. We are unrestrained. We champion wrong, calling it right, while legislating Evil and calling it Good. Everyone does what is right in his or her eyes—all at the expense of the nation’s corporate soul.

 

Those who speak out against the New Morality, which is nothing more than the old immorality, are vilified, shouted down, and called “haters.” Because of this, few are willing speak out in opposition to political correctness. To maintain the traditional values of earlier generations is no longer viewed as archaic. Instead, it has become criminalized, and those who adhere to its tenets have been marginalized as citizens.

 

Corporately, we have done this to ourselves, foolishly believing there would be no negative outcomes to our behavior, but this is not the case. There are numerous consequences, and none of them are positive. One outcome is an increase in alcoholism. There are many other problematic results, but I’ll stick to alcoholism because it’s the most prevalent, and because it is the one I know the most about.

 

Currently, according to a survey reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there are 33 million additional cases of untreated alcoholism in the United States. This number—roughly 11% of the population—is in addition to those who are already known alcoholics. This means more than 20% of our population have become problem drinkers.

 

When you factor out the number of small children in the population, one American in three has a problem with booze. This is a staggering revelation. It is far more people than previously suspected. This puts the United States in the same category as Russia and Ireland—two nations where the people have been deprived of a worthwhile vision for generations.

 

Since the health of a nation is based on the collective character of its inhabitants, it seems clear to me the United States is in trouble. With one third of our citizens having a problem with alcohol, how long do you believe we can continue to sustain ourselves? Increased Alcoholism is a far more serious threat to our national sovereignty than climate change; I can assure you. No external threat is as serious either. We are decaying from our core—all because we lack vision and medicate our ennui with booze. Additionally, this is just one problem—a significant one, but just one.

 

The heart and soul of America has become flawed. Fools are leading us. Corruption abounds. It has become so commonplace that there isn’t much of an attempt to hide it. Being desensitized, we have come to expect political graft and fraud as par for the course, believing every political leader is the same way. Shrugging our collective shoulders, we say, “This is just the way things are, and it is not going to change.”

 

Being surrounded by those who are ignoble, we have turned to the bottle to escape our feelings of despondency. What has happened to us is this: Being told our vision is flawed and always has been flawed, millions have come to loathe what once made us great. Consequently, a corporate malaise has swept the nation. In our discouragement and despair, more Americans than ever have chosen to self-medicate their pain with alcohol and other forms of personal vice.

 

If I’m accurate about the nature of our national problem, and I am, how do we correct the situation? The answer is simple but implementing the cure certainly is not. We must return to the ways of our forefathers, including their beliefs, which were noble and high-minded. If we do, then millions of problem drinkers will regain their noble vision and sense of purpose. They will still have to do the difficult work of recovery, but at least they will have hope—real hope and a robust national purpose.

 

If you are one of these 33 million undiagnosed alcoholics, you know who you are. If you have been hiding from the truth, stop living in denial. Don’t you want to free yourself from all that has held you back? Don’t you want a fresh start in life? You can have one. If this is your desire, join me in the following prayer:

 

Father,

I am so tired of pursuing folly—and I’m

Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I have felt so hopeless and lost.

My heart is filled with despair.

I have believed lies and accepted disillusionment

As my lot in life, rather than embracing Your path.

I have foolishly believed in the ways of those

Who have mocked Your Holy Name.

Forgive me for being so willful—

For believing the deception of those

Who pursue the road to destruction.

 

In my foolishness, I have become

Caught up in drinking too much.

All I wanted was to have a little fun,

But now all that my drinking produces

Is despair, and a dreadful foreboding

That nothing of value will come from my life.

 

This isn’t what I want for my future,

Not for me or for anybody I know,

But it seems to be all I am capable of producing.

I need Your help—not some time in the future—

Father, but right here and right now.

Will You help me this very minute?

All I have to offer is my broken heart

And my willingness to mend my ways.

Thank You, Father,

Amen.

 

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, (Proverbs 29:19a, NAS)

 

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Father,
I am so tired of pursuing folly—and I’m
Sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I have felt so hopeless and lost.
My heart is filled with despair.
I have believed lies and accepted disillusionment
As my lot in life, rather than embracing Your path.
I have foolishly believed in the ways of those
Who have mocked Your Holy Name.
Forgive me for being so willful—
For believing the deception of those
Who pursue the road to destruction.

In my foolishness, I have become
Caught up in drinking too much.
All I wanted was to have a little fun,
But now all that my drinking produces
Is despair, and a dreadful foreboding
That nothing of value will come from my life.

This isn’t what I want for my future,
Not for me or for anybody I know,
But it seems to be all I am capable of producing.
I need Your help—not some time in the future—
Father, but right here and right now.
Will You help me this very minute?
All I have to offer is my broken heart
And my willingness to mend my ways.
Thank You, Father,
Amen.

Jack Watts

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