I was having lunch yesterday when the news notification came through on my Iphone that Demi Lovato had been rushed to the hospital due to a suspected drug overdose https://www.thecut.com/2018/07/demi-lovato-heroin-overdose-tmz-report.html. My heart just sank. I don’t know her personally, but still the news shocked me. My heart broke for her.
I follow her Instagram account so I decided to send her a message that said, “I’m praying for you as you battle. Keep hoping. This is so tough, I know. I attend a recovery meeting on Tuesday’s – it streams live on Facebook from Refuge Christian Fellowship North County Refuge Christian Fellowship North County. Take good care. You are loved.” I think it especially hits home right now because of the movie, “Whitney,” and the revelation that she was severely addicted at a young age and her life ended in tragedy.
Many of us that attend churches and meetings – like the one I do on Tuesday nights – know firsthand that it doesn’t have to end tragically. I don’t struggle with addiction to substances – I do need recovery in other areas, and there is a better way. There is a way out that’s paved with hope. Recovery does look different for everyone but the truly successful ones all have one thing in common, they live for a higher purpose. They discover that purpose as they discover that Jesus died for their sins. The shame, the sickness, the brokenness takes on a different meaning and doesn’t just keep us in a dark pit.
Any kind of addiction is rooted in deep pain. I don’t fault any addict for wanting the pain to stop. Excruciating pain is overwhelming. The problem is that the addiction will never fix what caused the pain, and it will eventually cost us our very lives.
Deep pain needs something more powerful to combat it. We need something more powerful to battle the physical, spiritual and emotional tendencies to destruction. We need someone/something to believe in – other than our broken selves.
If you’ve tried all sorts of things to deal with the pain – drugs, sex, abuse, alcohol, work, shopping, gambling, food, control, etc. Maybe it’s time to stop and reach out for something/someone else. Try this – try the courageous thing of doing something you’ve never done: Trust the true, living God with your life. Don’t trust yourself anymore. It didn’t work. Trust God. Take it from me. He can do anything.
I celebrated my 44th birthday last week, and my mom wrote this in my card:
“You have conquered adversity with grace and resolve. God has given you the strength to strive for better things. He has given you many talents and wisdom. Eres muy admirable, mi hija, and I will always love you! ~ Mom”
Take it from me – God can do anything.
With all my heart,