Unforgiveness just imprisons you in the past, and for all the time that you go back to the past and regurgitate that unforgiving attitude, you will accumulate in your life the tragedy of anger and hostility escalated, built on, accumulated, piled up, which will rob you of the joy of living. You will go through life feeling just as bad as you do now or worse – with no relief in sight. On the other hand, forgiveness opens the door and lets the prisoner out. Forgiveness sets you free from your past. As soon as you forgive it, it’s gone, you’re free. If you insist on remembering the offense and never forgiving it, then you allow the person to go on offending you the rest of your life. And it’s your fault, not theirs.
Closing Song: Forgiveness by John Bartol
From the archives of Speaker Monday on the Take 12 Recovery Radio Show comes the incredibly serious and gut-busting hilarious AA circuit speaker, Mickey B. If you have had a stressful week like I have, this is just what you need to get your motor started and in a GREAT mood. Alcoholism is about powerlessness but recovery is about power!!!
Is relapse ever part of recovery? Perhaps this is the wrong question. This week's topic discusses "Relapse Games" Are people playing games with their lives when they dabble with addictive behavior? Is relapse a NO BIG DEAL issue? How many people relapse in their recovery process. Do we cheat people out of the truth by patting them on the butt and telling them it's OK when they relapse? What exactly is relapse anyway? Closing Song: What Faith Can Do by Kutless.
How many times have we said "I have the right", or "It's my God given right?" How much time do we spend demanding our rights for this or that? Do we really have any rights at all and if we do what are they? Do we care about the rights of others or only what we want when we want it. Are we so ego driven that we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate? How does demanding our rights influence the recovery from addictive illness? Join us for this week's show as we discuss "RIGHT FIGHTING"
Some would say that when we fail at something it means we didn't try hard enough or we weren't serious about our efforts. Some even go so far to say that failure is sin and that we were never meant to fail. Others teach that failure is the beginning of success and that it is a necessary part of the journey in recovery and in life. Join us for this informative show on the topic of failure.
Closing song: One Second Chance by Jeff Bates
When we are able to be comfortable in our own skin regardless of other people's actions, we have learned the art of Emotional Sobriety. On the other hand, when we are dependent upon other people filling our expectations, that is when we are Emotionally Dependent and unable to stand on our own two feet. An effective recovery can only take place when we learn to be Emotionally Sober. Closing Song "Say Yes to a Better Life" by Kelly Z.
Those of us who are allergic to alcohol (alcoholic) simply can not drink without serious consequences to our health, relationships and our spiritual condition, but what about those who can have a beer now and then or who drink with no consequences? Are these people doing anything wrong? Are these folks in any kind of danger? Who are these men and women who sometimes stir jealousy in our hearts because they can drink and we can't?
Many people feel that an addict or alcoholic in the thrust of his or her illness is not necessarily responsible for their actions while under the influence of mind altering substances. Some folks would disagree and would like to see people prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law when caught under the influence of illegal substances and still others wish to decriminalize addiction calling it a health crisis not a crime. All this and more on this week's show.
Closing song: "Some 1 Like U" by Kathy Moser www.kathymoser.com
Loss is a normal experience that God designed to develop our identity and purpose over a lifetime. But some losses are not considered legitimate if no one died. The truth is we can be impacted by a broken heart as much by as the death of a loved one. When losses such as a business failure, pet death, abortion, miscarriage, adoption or chronic pain are dismissed by others, we are tempted to believe God doesn’t care either. That we don’t matter. Robbed of our right to grieve these ‘little deaths,’ we learn to hide our pain under false identities and self-defeating behaviors – never realizing we also delay our healing process.
In her memoir, The Road Back to Love, author Yolanda Gorick shares her adventure to escape religious tradition to find God at 18 in the counterculture of the 60s and 70s. When her life is derailed by abortion, miscarriage, divorce and occult religions, she feels lost and abandoned by God. On the brink of divorce, she has a profound encounter with God at a church her husband finds in the Yellow Pages. The Road Back to Love is a powerful story of redemption after loss by the Lover of our soul.
Did you know that when we turn our will and life over to God He gives us authority to reign over our recovery, our life and our world? This is our part that God has given us to live out through Him. Join us as we take a second look at how God sees us through His eyes. Closing song "You Are More" by Tenth Avenue North.