Wednesday, March 16, 2011

U-TURN



            I love to drive!  Most people find driving an annoying but necessary function of modern life that is to be endured not enjoyed.  I have found the contrary to be true, while necessary to succeed in modern life, driving can be thoroughly enjoyable (minus the traffic, of course)!
            Of all the traffic signs available today, I find the ‘u-turn’ sign to be the most amusing.  Written as an upside down letter ‘u’ with arrow on one side, if you do not know what it means ahead of time, you might think it is a right-side up letter ‘n’ that starts with an arrow pointing down.  But, alas, the u-turn sign is important to safe driving.
            The u-turn sign lets a driver know that they can or can’t turn around at a particular intersection.  In this case, we will look at the ‘pro-u-turn’ sign, the one that says, “hey, if you want to turn around, it’s cool to do it here and the cops won’t get ya!”  Believe it or not, it has a direct correlation to Step 3. 
            Step 3 states, “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.”  Did you see that important word?  Turn.  See, I told u-turn signs connect to Step 3!  Let’s see how they fit together.
            People enter recovery because their lives have gotten out of control.  They come to a place that is too tough and too painful to continue without risking serious harm and/or death.  The reason people enter recovery is to try something different because the current path is fraught with pain.  So, initially, when an alcoholic/addict enters recovery, he or she turns away from their old lifestyle to embrace a new one.  After that initial step, the addict/alcoholic is faced with yet another opportunity to turn even further away from their old lifestyle by turning over their will and their life to a power greater than themselves.  This is good news!
            The choice to turn your life over to the power and direction of a power greater than yourself is awesome.  It comes with fear and trepidation for many people.  However, just talk to someone who has made that choice and 9 out of 10 people will give you a positive report.  You will find release, freedom, insight, wisdom, joy, peace, and purpose.  These were not the common gifts of self-destructive addictive behaviors!
            As you consider taking Step 3, consider the possibilities of being even freer than you are right now.  There is a u-turn sign right in front of you.  There aren’t any cops around.  It’s totally legal.  Go ahead.  Do it.  You know you want to.  Turn around and start driving with the sun to your back and the clear blue sky in view.  See where the road takes you.  You might be surprised at what or who you find.   

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