We are all addicted to any number of things, it’s just that we don’t think of many things as addictions when they really are.
For instance, I’m addicted to life as it is. I resist the changes that are necessary for me to grow because they demand too much of me — too much time, resources and money. They require establishing a new set of priorities and habits and that means working outside the comfort zone of the way I’ve always done things. I want the path of least resistance which lies by way of my old habits. Creating new habits means resistance almost all the time. I didn’t realize I signed up for that.
This is where Grace comes in, and why we all need it. We screw up and we need God’s grace to accept that, believe His forgiveness and move on in His power.
A big part of grace is having to own up to why you need it. Good people don’t need grace. Grace is never about making good people better; it’s about hope for bad people with addictions.
We talk about grace sometimes as if it were a dispensary of all good things. Check in and pick up as much as you need whenever you need it. But grace requires humility, and humility comes from being humbled, and what humbles us? Pain. Failure. Sin. Addiction. That’s me, addicted to bad habits and bad patterns of doing things — letting life sink to the lowest common denominator instead of grabbing the bull by the horns and creating a new path.
But that’s the beauty of grace. It meets us at the point of our need, as long as we are quick willing to admit it.
Now for grabbing that bull …