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Refer to Step 3: I accept that the responsibility for getting back on track is mine and no one else’s.

 

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

—Will Rogers

By the time I was thirty-three, after having established my relationship with God as foundational years earlier, one might expect that I was a well-established man with strong character qualities, but that was not the case. In nearly every area of life, I was still a little boy who happened to look like a man. I was just floating along, buoyed by good looks, charm, and a great smile, but I had also become a master at manipulating people to get my way.

I learned to talk the talk, but whenever difficulty came my way, I carefully skirted it, choosing evasion of responsibility over facing life on life’s terms. When my luck ran out and I was forced to make some difficult choices, I made a determination to be the person God created me to be, regardless of the price that had to be paid to accomplish the task.

After making that decision, life was difficult for years but, because I had so little practice at living responsibly, it was much harder than it needed to be. The maturity I achieved came in a concentrated form, with the pressure remaining constant.

Now, many years later, I am an adult in every sense of the word, having character qualities that have been forged in God’s winepress of adversity. It was a painful experience, but from the Divine standpoint, absolutely necessary. Without it, I would still have my gray hair, but all I would be is a little boy who looked like a grown up. The world is full of men who have never grown up. In America, there is a great surplus of them—that’s for sure.

At long last, however, I can say that I’m no longer one of them. I owe that to God’s faithfulness and my commitment to recovery. In my case, I needed to recover from alcoholism as well as from religious abuse, but I’ve done it successfully for years—one day at a time.

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there be waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:15-16)

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