James Daman | @jdaman04
Living in Phoenix causes me to completely forget that other areas don't experience 60-70 degree weather in Winter and early Spring. Winter often feels like Spring in other parts of the country, however in Phoenix, we know Spring is here when we start seeing lots of weeds pop up in our yard. As I work on getting rid of the weeds, I can't help but compare it to the work we do in Celebrate Recovery.
First, our goal is to get rid of the weeds, I don't know many people who are proud of their weeds. When I did a Google search to see if there were any weed contests around the world, I was able to find them, however they were all competitions for a different kind of weed.
In order to achieve our goal of getting rid of the weeds, we must work at it. We can't just pull the top of the weed off, we must get to the root and often we need help. Our lives can be a lot like that. Our inventory is a lot like getting at the root, it takes work, but it's worth it. If we just take care of the surface, it may look nice, but the issue will resurface, much like the weed.
Principle 4 of the Celebrate Recovery program says "Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust."
Second, we must ask ourselves, whose weeds are you pulling? We do have weeds in our yard from time to time; however our neighbors have never come into our yard and pulled our weeds. Are you trying to work someone else's program while ignoring your own weeds? It might be time to do an inventory and focus on Principle 5 of the Celebrate Recovery program.
Principle 5 says, “Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.”
Before I found Celebrate Recovery, my life looked a lot like a yard overgrown with weeds, yet I was hard at work pulling everyone else's weeds. Once I got healthy through Celebrate Recovery, I finally knew what Luke was talking about in Luke 6:42:
How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
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James Daman is the pastor of recovery and discipleship at Focus314, which is a church in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the United States. He is the Celebrate Recovery Regional Director for the Mountain Region and he has interviewed some of the world's most influential people, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, General Tommy Franks and many others. You can contact James on Twitter at @jdaman04.