Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Days When Things Go Wrong

There’s a common practice in bicycle riding known as drafting that provides a perfect picture of what I mean. When you are drafting, you are following only inches behind the lead biker’s tires (yes, this can be a disaster with one wrong move by either of you—which, of course, is a Truth Nugget topic for another time). The lead biker faces the resistance, allowing you to keep up while exerting only a fraction of energy.

The godly offer good counsel;
They teach right from wrong.
They have made God’s laws their own,
So they will never slip from his path.
Psalm 37:30-31

—ok, first I am also a huge biker so this devotion hit home. And I use my biking as a form of exercise to keep me feeling well in my be able to make good choices.
But the concept got me to thinking about how learning to ride a road cycle paralleled my recovery. I had no clue what I was doing at first. All I know is what I wanted ride a kick CoDependency. But in both cases I had not a clue how to go about it.
And so I found someone to teach me- to mentor me - in both cases. By watching, I learned invaluable lessons. In listening I picked up even more. But in following (drafting) I was able to practice and stay the course and be successful.
The great thing about drafting is that there are times when it’s your turn to lead. This is a scary time because you have to prove what you learned. But I honestly found it to be an experience that I needed during my recovery to prove to myself..well to prove lots of things.
The author ends by writing :
When the winds are blowing hard in your life, many high achievers try to face it alone. How often do you let someone block the headwind for you? Allow someone the privilege of helping you face your adversity- you’ll both be better for the experience.
One Year Book of Inspiration