Originally posted October 2016
Often I am asked why I am a part of Hope For Addiction since I’ve never battled with addiction. While I’ve never struggled with drugs or alcohol, the truth is, I’ve been addicted to self! A few years back I had a loyal friend speak truth into my life as she called me out with the sin of selfishness. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6) and she was right! I have lived an extremely selfish life. Those who know me probably see me sharing Christ with non-believers and having a heart of evangelism all the time. But those areas are effortless, while investing in the day-to-day lives of others, is a completely different story. The truth is, I spend way too much time living for myself and feeding my desires of comfort and leisure, to take time to invest and build deep, quality relationships, let alone disciple others. Looking at the ugly truth of my sin of selfishness, with the help of the Holy Spirit, led me to Hope For Addiction. I was convicted that I needed to take action to invest deeply in others and felt called to this ministry.
I began attending My Hope for Addiction meetings in August 2015 with intentions to grow relationships with gals struggling with addiction and to put off the sin of self. In the beginning, it took time for the ladies to trust me (they probably heard of my reputation for bailing), but I continued to press in by getting phone numbers and giving my number to each gal that attended.
It’s been over a year now that I have had the privilege of being a part of Hope For Addiction. I have come to realize that every single gal I have had an opportunity to share in this journey also struggles with the very same sin. Because you see, at the core of addiction is self! Basically, we love ourselves above God and others! I feel as if I can identify with each and every one of them and each week the message speaks directly to my heart because I can leave out the word addiction and it still applies to my life. I still have to fight the sin of self at times but God has given me a deep love and commitment to these gals and I know this is exactly what He has called me to in this season!
I feel as if I’ve been given a great gift of growth. God loved me so much that He exposed my sin and provided an opportunity to grow in this area. I have great love, respect, and devotion to Hope For Addiction as the members humble themselves, share their struggles, expose their secret sins, and fight to live a life free of addiction.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
In addition, my involvement with Hope For Addiction has caused me to grow in the area of compassion. If you read the August newsletter, you may recognize that Sherie Huffman is my sister. Sherie has struggled with drugs and alcohol for most of her adult life. It is very difficult to have compassion for a family member, especially if you’ve grown up in a Christian home together. Working with Hope For Addiction has helped me to see my sister in a new light and exposed my judgmental heart. I’m extremely grateful for this exposure as it has restored my faith and hope in Christ and given me a renewed grace for my sister. It is nothing short of amazing what God has done in my sister’s life! I am honored to be a witness of the great work the Lord can do when someone surrenders to Christ, faithfully commits to humble themselves and be a part of a community of believers! I’m continually amazed by God’s great love and pursuit in both myself and those struggling with addiction! He goes to great lengths to show His love and I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of His work in people desiring to be free from their addictions.
Would you pray about how you can continue to support Hope For Addiction? Maybe you are someone God would use to display committed, caring believers that stick with them in the tough times, when often, family members and friends have abandoned them? Maybe it’s financially or maybe you are willing to invest in a broken marriage by spending time with them as couples? Oftentimes people trying to rebuild have no idea how to parent, they come from broken homes, and they need families around so they can observe how to have a marriage and family that reflects Christ. I promise, you don’t have to be perfect!
Please pray about your involvement. You will be just as encouraged and blessed and God will no doubt use it to grow you in your personal relationship with Christ.