Expensive Lessons

Working with drug addicts and the like, you get a real picture of what selfishness really looks like. Unfortunately, the damage and the regret that most leave behind could be compared to a train wreck; long after the engine has stopped the cars of the train keep coming from the inertia. I have experienced the reaping and the sowing effect myself from poor choices and missed opportunities because of my self-will running riot. In addition, the pain I felt myself became more important than the pain I caused others, a cycle of misery and regret. Making amends for those I hurt and caused pain, became a full time job, however it really helped me see just how selfish and self centered I really was.

I really like to keep things simple, not because I don’t like a challenge mind you, however when you have convoluted the truth it makes walking in integrity difficult and fluid-NOT GOOD! I had an encounter the other day with a a brother who relapsed and I was completely caught of guard at the hardness of heart and the bitterness. The excuses were endless and the justifications for his choices were plentiful. He could not get honest because of the fear of this and the fear of that. If the atmosphere was better, or the people nicer and more friendly. It was always someone else’s fault and if they would have “helped him better” things would have been different.

Having played those “records and tapes” myself in the past, I could almost lip sync what he was going to say next! I don’t want to seem sharp, but repentance was not even on the radar screen. The most beneficial theme for anyone in recovery is honesty at all times, with yourself and with your accountability group. Keeping things “under cover” is a ticking time bomb with no timer, it explodes when you least expect it and it devastates those you are in relationship with. We had a string of several different people in leadership have major failures in their life and it can be traced back to “under cover” junk and FEAR. The old saying, “you are only sick as your secrets” has merit in any persons life but it seems especially true in a Christian’s life.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 NIV

The light always depicts being visible. Darkness always depicts the what cannot be seen. “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” John 3:20

I have learned some powerful truths at a tremendous high price. Sin is simple; IT STEALS and KILLS and DESTROYS YOU! Being free from destructive addictions is not complicated as well. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. IT IS A DONE DEAL!

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3 thoughts on “Expensive Lessons

  1. Jarid says:

    Dude you ain’t kidding about those lessons. Sheesh bieng honest seems so hard when your crippled by fear , but at what cost? We both know great men who lost their very lives by covering up those things that were so difficult to reveal. Good stuff boss. Always love your perspective in life:)

    • rickcasto says:

      Transparency and honesty seem like the worst thing when you do not like what you see in the mirror. The fact is, we all have some reflections that need Jesus and another human being to love us through the muck and the mire of sin. Love you bro

  2. Jeff Mayer says:

    I felt myself identify with the theme of transparency and honesty. Both have to be absent to allow myself to believe my answer to life is “getting high”. If I take on my shoulders the “world of past regrets” I soon crumble or “fall” under the weight alone. The world has not been made easier since becoming a Christian and giving my life to Jesus like I expected or hoped. I have become stronger and more aware of the world. “Harm no one, and help a few today” is my morning prayer. It used to be “please don’t let me go to jail today”.I can clearly see that where I place my hope will predict my outcome.I remember an old timer always said “I do not know what the problem is, but the answer is GOD!”

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