Mental Illness And Addiction: The Struggle Is Real
TAKE 2 FOR TRAINING – Part III: Humility
TAKE2 TRANSCRIPT – Part III
And this last one, Lack of Humility, I think is really just about being right-sized under God. Recognizing that we are all in need of grace. Here are some statistics; these are to do with addiction:
– Roughly 90% of people with alcoholism relapse within 4 years after completing treatment.
One study says that 91% of those in recovery will experience relapse. 91%. How are we going to wrestle with the idea that, on one hand we need to invest to make these authentic relationships, whereas this looks like we are kinda leading ourselves into a losing battle?
I think that the way that we kinda navigate that is humility. And by humility I mean being right-sized. I mean recognizing that we are all under God and we are equal in that sense. We are all in need of His grace. And our role in transformation is not necessarily to be dictated by what the outcome is.
Richard Rohr, he has this book called Breathing Under Water and it talks about the 12 steps in spirituality. He relates lots of the 12 step teachings to Jesus’ teaching.
He brings up this idea about Retributive Justice versus Restorative Justice and classically the church has kind of been operating under the teaching of retributive justice. So there’s sin, there’s punishment (or fear of punishment) and that leads us to repent; leading us to repent is what causes the transformation.
And under kind of like a grace economy (recognizing that we are all in need of God’s grace) this idea of restorative justice where sin is met with unconditional love, unconditional love leads to the transformation; transformation then causes us to repent and be free of it. That’s a much more accurate reflection, at least of my life following Christ and in my transformation through recovery.
If we are able to focus ourselves on being on this step (offering the unconditional love regardless of what the outcome might be) that’s how I think we can protect ourselves from becoming discouraged or becoming jaded or burning out when the people we’re investing in or pouring our hearts into over and over again on the surface by worldly outcomes, are letting us down.
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TRAINER: Dr. Ian King, BMSc, MD
SOURCE: Volunteer Training Workshop (2018 03)
POSTED: Apr 2018