When I was 10 years old, flicking through the cable channels, I stumbled upon a movie called “They Live.” The movie was about creatures that had taken on human form but could be seen for what they really were through specially made sunglasses that very few possessed. That being the case very few people even realized they were in the midst of these alien beings. The alien creatures not only disguised their identities but disguised their method of manipulation through advertising that subliminally gave humans hidden messages that also were revealed through the aforementioned glasses. Signs for Mc Donald’s now read clearly for those who could “see:” “eat me.” Cigarette ads now read “smoke me.” And so on and so forth. The movie intrigued me deeply because I had a feeling of certainty that it illuminated a reality that existed in life and I knew that at present I did not possess those glasses but I desperately wanted them. This yearning to see the truth has been a driving force in my life.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 - 11:55:11
Is dependency ever a good thing? Most would agree that dependency on drugs can certainly be an extremely destructive and debilitating condition but what about other dependencies? Gambling dependencies has led even the well off to poverty and extreme squander. Being dependent on the approval of the world makes even the believer impotent to do real good and stand up for what is right.
We can go on and on about how many forms of dependency we admit are bad, but there is a form of dependency that is becoming more acceptable even in the Christian community that is quite troubling. That dependency is a dependency on the government.
Friday, July 09, 2010 - 10:51:28
Recently, on Easter Sunday, I heard a minister preach that, for the Christian, death is a beginning, not an end. As a happy consequence of the victory Jesus won over death, we who are in him will also partake in everlasting life. This message of hope, and the viewing of what seems like an end for the beginning that it really is, is one those of us in recovery will do well to embrace as it pertains to our sobriety.
The Chemical Recovery ministry had for many years celebrated the end of ones participation in the CR groups through graduation ceremonies. The ceremonies marked a completion of the recovery program for the addict.
Friday, April 16, 2010 - 12:29:48
It is difficult to switch on the TV or radio today without someone try to sell you a fix for some ailmant you may have. If someone tells you that there is a cure for addiction and you believe them, then there is a bridge in Brooklyn I would love to sell you. Look up the definition for addiction in any dictionary and you will find words like craving, dependance, obsession and compulsion. Words this strong are indicitive of something you cannot easily walk away from.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - 12:20:19