Me? A codependent? No way! Actually, yes. You see, I’m a classic codependent. Codependents are people whose own health and well-being is directly tied to the health and well-being of someone they love. You might say I care too much about people, which sounds like it couldn’t dare be a bad thing. The reality is I do care about people I love. A lot. While that’s never a bad thing, I also can’t let it affect my own health and well-being.
Recovery is for people like me, too. You see, I can’t care for those I love if I’m not healthy. Don’t get me wrong, recovery isn’t easy. But it is healing. It is life-giving. I’ve recently been walking through the 12 steps. I want you to know, confessing my sins to God, myself, and another human being isn’t fun (that’s step 5)! But, it is one of the best things I could ever have done.
I’m a big believer that taking the easy way out gets us nowhere. Doing the hard work every time pays off. Recovery is hard work. Even for people like me who might think they don’t need recovery ministry. The reality is that recovery is for everybody. Alcoholics, addicts, co-dependents, and sinners just like me and you. The results? Well, it all depends on the amount of effort you put into them. But, if you put forth your best effort in recovery ministry, I promise your health and well-being will prosper.