Last week, I shared how I came to God as a troubled seventeen-year-old struggling with alcoholism. What a blessed relief I found in Him!
II Corinthians 5:17 was a reality for me: I was indeed a new person free from alcoholism and its bondage. How surprised I was when my pastor approached me about the “next step.”
He said that Christians who were former alcoholics needed to understand the underlying reasons for alcohol becoming a problem. Sometimes it was an alcoholic parent, witnessing domestic violence, abuse, or many other things that needed to be “sorted out” so we could know our value as an individual person.
He said we needed to identify the underlying trauma and separate ourselves from it. In essence, I had found the Lord, now I needed to find myself.
He explained to me that if this is not done, then subconsciously we are not quite free from that trauma, and our decisions could reflect this. It could prevent me from reaching both my full potential and financial security. We discussed Matthew 11:29 about the necessity of learning and growing as both Christians and as individuals.
I wish I could say that I understood it then as I do now, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, it was a long journey. I admit it took some therapy and a few years, but today, I know my value as a person! Yes. After I found the Lord, with His guidance—I found myself.
II Corinthians 5:17 KJV:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Matthew 11:29 KJV:
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.