What are you going to give me that’s going to get me higher than my addiction?
That is a question a patient asked Dr. Glenn Pickering when it came time to face his addiction. Dr. Glenn shared some perspective on the reality of his life.
“Your life is awful 99% of the time. 1% of the time you’re so high you forget that it’s awful. My job is not to make the 1% of your life higher. My job is to help you create a life that 99% of the time is really good.”
How does acknowledging your God-given gifts help you overcome addiction? It gives you a vision
“We had to get a clear picture of what ‘really good’ looks like. What is that vision?”
In order to understand what your vision is, what really good could look like, there needs to be a recognition of what your gifts are.
“We actually have to know what our gifts are. The person who drinks or acts out sexually or spends money, they’re so busy trying to fix a part of them that’s hurt that they don’t actually get with their gifts even are, it’s hard for them sometimes imagine they have any gifts.”
The scripture is clear that we all have gifts – we just have to claim them. Dr Glenn uses Judges 6 as an example:
“Every ‘call narrative’ in the Scriptures where God or an angel comes to Earth to call somebody starts out with something like in Judges 6: And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
After we have identified and embraced our giftings, we need to utilize those giftings in a way that glorifies the Lord.
“Then we need to ask ourselves, ‘How am I going to use those gifts?‘ Because when I do I will bring joy to myself and every person that I use those gifts around.”
“The 99% of your life that’s awful now could be amazing. When you figure out your gifts you use them in ways that change you and the people around you and that everything in your life starts being transformed.”