by Frank Honess
I was talking with one of the guys in my X3group recently on the phone and we were talking about our recovery journeys and how it sometimes feels like we’re making great progress and yet we almost feel like we’re coasting. Meaning when you do gain momentum, what happens when the days start racking up and you’er gaining sobriety and yet you don’t necessarily feel like you’re growing?
I shared with this guy that I recently got done watching most of the movies in the Rocky series. You’ve seen the movies right? Rough & tough Rocky Balboa from Philadelphia faces incredible odds in each movie, having to train and work incredibly hard to find victory over his opponents. They’re really great movies in my opinion. Anyway, I shared with this particular guy that the first 2 movies, Rocky really makes a name for himself becoming the world heavyweight champion. In the third movie, he starts to get famous and popular doing commercials and what not. He’s still the same Rocky, and yet it’s almost as if he loses his EDGE. He ends losing his fight early in the movie against Clubber Lang (Mr. T). And then he’s trained by former world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed who tells him he’s lost something: the eye of the tiger. That killer instinct he once had. And so obviously the movie ends with Rocky regaining the championship because he finds again what he lost: his edge.
What’s the point for us? I think sometimes we can lose that “edge” in our recovery if we’re not careful. We lose that offensive battle against our addiction. We put our recovery on cruise control. And before we know it, something pulls us back into places we never wanted to go back to. We fall, slip, relapse, whatever.
I don’t ever want to lose my edge, even though I feel like I’ve come close many many times in my recovery. And I don’t want you guys to lose it either. Never forsake the sense of urgency in your recovery. Remember how important it is to become a man of sexual purity.
Romans 5:3-4 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”
Keep that eye of the tiger every day in your recovery and never look back!!