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#DetoxMonday: Having Faith

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faith-detoxmonday“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith Without Works Is Dead

When I got sober, believing that everything was going to be okay, even though I had no concrete evidence that it was, didn’t seem totally unrealistic. Yet, the longer I stay sober, sometimes believing blindly in something seems completely unbelievable and unattainable. Why is that?

Well, for starters when I got sober this last time I was desperate, and honestly could do nothing else but believe it was going to get better. This was because anything was better than the way I was living. I had no place to live, no job, no money, all my stuff was gone, my car was in the shop from an accident, and I was in rehab. I mean, at that point I figured if I could stay sober, anything would be better than the hole I dug myself into. And I was right, it got way better.

Since it got way better, that means more responsibilities were given and more of my life was rebuilt. It took me six years to build my life to where it is and of course this means I have more to lose, or at least that is what my brain likes to trick me into thinking. It was easier for me to see all the little miracles that my higher power was performing in my life which in return helped me believe in the faith that everything was going to be okay. Sometimes I forget about that magic I had seen so much of in my early sobriety. It doesn’t mean that magic isn’t happening, it just means that sometimes I let my perception of life get in the way. So how do we change that? By working at it.

When I put action into my life like helping others, meditation, positive affirmations, etc…I tend to feel and see that magic. It is something that if I want to keep experiencing I have to work at building on it. No matter how much stuff I do or don’t have shouldn’t affect my faith and belief in something greater than myself. None of the amazing things in my life are because I made them happen, it’s because I trusted and had faith in a power greater than myself, even though I couldn’t see the entire staircase.

It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t. It’s just trusting the process because at the end of the day we are not as in control of the results as we think we are. We are only in charge of our actions and how we choose to think about ourselves and the world around us. I much rather build my day on faith, than on my on self-will.

Just for today, I will have faith that everything is exactly as it is supposed to be. I will build on my faith and trust the process. Today I will take action so that my faith gets stronger.

Written By: Watershed Ashling

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