Imagine how great life would be if we embraced Hope, Faith and LOVE as the guiding principles of our lives.
Like a filter for our thoughts and a road map for our actions, LOVE will be with you to show you the right way. Of course, we must first accept, adopt and be obedient to what LOVE encourages us to do.
It all starts with our thoughts and our spirit. Our thoughts drive our actions. Every single one of our actions starts with our thoughts.
LOVE shows up intensely in our relationships with all people. For example, if I love my wife, I will make sacrifices and do things that I don’t want to do, because I love her and doing these things make her happy. For example, doing the dishes. My wife is a good cook, but she trashes the kitchen with pots and pans and dirty dishes piled up in the sink.
I have two choices. I can do the dishes and thank her for all of her hard work in preparing the delicious meal, or I can be selfish and self-centered and think only about what I want. I love my wife and I want her to feel appreciated and loved. Doing the dishes is one way that I show her that I love her.
This same principle can strengthen any one of our relationships. Love others first before thinking of ourselves. It is important to understand that for all human beings on planet Earth, the root of our spiritual sickness is our own self-centeredness. We cannot be thinking of ourselves and other people at the same time.
For drug addicts and alcoholics, this principle of loving others before ourselves is a matter of life and death. When addicts are using chemicals, and even in sobriety, they are mostly thinking about themselves and how they can get what they want. When an addict is feeling depressed or lonely or angry or fearful, they are at high risk of relapsing. The reason for this is that addicts cannot fix themselves and wallowing in their own self-pity brings desperation and eventually the chemicals follow. Here is the miracle: When addicts get out of themselves and go out and help another addict to stay sober, they have freedom and release from their negative emotions and they stay sober themselves! They are no longer in danger of relapsing and they feel great gratitude!
Here is the big picture: Hope gives birth to Faith and Faith brings forth LOVE. When I was homeless and living outside on the streets of Denver, Colorado, I saw hundreds of addicts who had lost all hope and were shuffling around waiting to die.
There was a very dark time when I was at the end of my ropes and I was consumed by fear, terror, anger and rage, depression and confusion, and I felt death breathing down the back of my neck. I was on the edge of losing all of my hope. It was like being shaken by a dark stormy night and walking to the edge of a great cliff and then having to decide to jump over the edge in desperation, or to see that there is hope and then there is faith. Faith makes LOVE possible.
I made the decision at the end of that dark time to surrender to Jesus Christ who had been chasing after me all of my life. I grasped onto the last bit of hope that I had and I had faith that Jesus would give me a new life. Today, I am working hard to LOVE other addicts. I have published my book entitled, “Saved By The Prince Of Peace—Dungeon To Sky.” I have also written over 100 blogs on my website about addiction and recovery which can be found at http://www.dungeontosky.com
Whenever I meet addicts, I do everything I can to help them and I share my personal story which is in the book. So again, Hope, Faith and LOVE are the keys to a happy spirit.
In summary, thoughts drive actions and actions determine relationships. Hope is the important seed that leads to faith, and faith brings LOVE to life.
Our relationships are always more enjoyable when we act out of Hope, Faith and LOVE. So every day we have a choice—we can have the best possible relationship by giving LOVE, or we can wallow in our self-centeredness and watch the relationship deteriorate.
Try embracing Hope, Faith and LOVE in your relationships and you will feel great joy and peace.