Addiction can be isolating and destructive to relationships, leaving the addict almost completely alone. This creates an important opportunity for people living in recovery: be the help you needed or wished you would have had.
Help People or Die
There is something cathartic about serving others. Giving back to other people, whether that be your time, money or gifts, seems like an unselfish act. But the truth is, when serving others with no agenda or chance of gain, you also benefit tremendously. Addiction may have consumed you at one point, but walking close to another person while they make that journey can be the cement in your own recovery.
Be Used for a Purpose
If you have gone through an addiction and moved beyond it into recovery, you have an incredible opportunity to be used by God. Not only do you have vital knowledge of what another person is going through, you can also spot the holes in the road. Use your experiences to help other addicts leave that life behind. Let this be your purpose in life and one of the many ways you serve the Lord. Become a person who focuses on the outward, developing a “What can I do for others?” instead of a “What can others do for me?” attitude.
Finding a God-given purpose and helping others is a key to solidifying recovery. Does this mean that everyone needs to quit their jobs and become pastors? Probably not. Try to remember that everyone’s purpose is different but we are all called to help each other. Finding a positive outlet for helping others win the battles you have already fought can be positive for you and them. While a relationship with Jesus is the most important element in living a full life, people don’t typically come out of addiction by listening to a sermon. Often, addicts need someone to come alongside them and help pull them out of the pit. God will use the worst parts of our pasts to create some of the best parts of our futures. Look for those opportunities to help other people, especially those that are trying to climb to where you are.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How can helping someone else battle addiction actually help you? Give an example.
- What does is mean to be used by God for a purpose? Why is God important to our purpose in life?
- Do you know your purpose? Explain.
- How can someone who has experienced addiction and recovery help someone who is in addiction? Name one example.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.