“In the history of the Christian church, the tendency has been to avoid being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. People have sought to carry out God’s orders through a shortcut of their own. God’s way is always the way of suffering— the way of the “long road home.” (Oswald Chambers -My Utmost for His Highest)
I’ve tried many shortcuts in my recovery. Usually it was because I simply didn’t want to deal with ‘certain’ people. They brought about all sorts of pesky emotions like shame, fear, and anger. They demanded accountability, created conflict, or made unrealistic demands.
But my ‘shortcuts’ were never really shortcuts, they we’re useless ‘strategies’ to delay or avoid what God was trying to accomplish in and through me. I’d always end up back where I started; days or even years older, and not a moment wiser.
Today I continually try to put Step Eleven into action:
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
It’s my daily reminder that Gods will is always what’s best for me. And if I’m going to ‘carry that out’ in the way that He would have me do it, there are no shortcuts. No matter how difficult it gets, the “long road home” is worth it because God is by my side every step of the way.