When was the last time you heard or used the word ‘rejoice’? I love rejoice. It sounds nice, feels good and just rolls off a happy tongue. I cannot be glum or sad when rejoice is on my mind. Rejoice is melodic and joyous. Its definitions in my Oxford dictionary fill my head with delight and celebration. I rejoice when I think of our Lord and his saving grace, his love for me, his correction and guidance. I rejoice when I remember my first day of sobriety, when I understand that it was the start of a long journey to a faith in something or someone greater than me. I rejoice when I realize that today is the day my Lord has made for me to face challenges and live victoriously in sobriety, not just absence of addictive substances or behaviors, but, actually live and conduct myself with a sober mindset. There is a difference.
Many of us live without our drugs of choice in a continual state of panic and despair. Call it a ‘dry drunk’ or a ‘recovery without spirituality’ or ‘absence of HP’, call it whatever you like; it is not what God intended for us when He brought us to sobriety. Therefore, rejoice and be glad in this day of your sober life.
Today I intend, by the grace of God, to rejoice, i.e. feel great joy, be glad, delight, exult, glory, revel, and celebrate in God’s gift of sobriety. With an attitude of great humility I know I certainly don’t deserve it nor have I earned it.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”