Step Two: In with the New
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:23-24
Once the old and unnecessary has been stripped away, it is time to bring in the new. In construction, this might involve installing new walls, floors, and fixtures, as well as adding any necessary finishes and touches to complete the project. In recovery, this could involve incorporating new habits, behaviors, and ways of thinking that will help sustain a healthy and fulfilling life.
According to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Ephesians 1:9-11
In both cases, it is important to have a clear vision of what the end result should look like, as well as a plan for how to get there. In construction, this might involve following detailed blueprints or plans, while in recovery it might involve setting specific goals and working with a support system to achieve them.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
One key difference between the two is that in recovery, the process of bringing in the new is often ongoing. It is not a one-time event, but rather a journey of continual growth and improvement. This can be challenging, but it is also what makes recovery so rewarding, as it allows individuals to continually evolve and become the best version of themselves.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Just as a building needs a strong foundation to support it, recovery also requires a strong foundation of self-awareness, self-care, and self-compassion. It is important to take care of oneself physically, emotionally, and spiritually in order to build a strong and lasting foundation for recovery.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Overall, the process of demo work and recovery both involve transformation and the incorporation of new elements. Both require careful planning, vision, and support, and both can be challenging but ultimately rewarding journeys.
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