I recently posted a video on my LinkedIn profile that generated quite a bit of dialogue through the comments. It was viewed over 15,000 times last time I checked and made me really think about my faith, my recovery, and the change that God has made in my life.
Although most of the comments were kind, there were also those that were not so kind. My first reaction was to come through the computer and knock some teeth out but then that would go against the exact nature God has called me to live by. I try not to judge or condemn, just give and forgive. It was surely a test in the latter.
Does it really matter what we call it?
One of the comments I received was that alcoholism was a choice and cancer was a disease. That one got my attention, as my wife battled and defeated cancer this year. I wanted to jump in with a reply at my defense but was quick to not take the bait. If I have learned one thing, it is that I control only my efforts and my attitude. Our words are power and I will try the best I can to use mine only to impact others for the good.
Whatever our viewpoint is alcoholism exists. Addiction, especially in America, is rampant. Maybe you have been there, maybe you haven’t and can’t see how someone could. Nevertheless, it happens and it is real. I am grateful to have lived through my battle with alcohol so that I can use it to help others going through similar circumstances. So no matter whether I choose it or it choose me, makes no difference.
What you believe in is entirely up to you
You see I have received my life back simply because I trusted God. I have seen my family and my kids restored to me. I have been elevated and am experiencing success in my profession like never before. And most recently, my wife who was diagnosed with a rare, incurable, form of blood cancer has been declared cancer free. All from just having “FAITH”.
I am not here to argue God, spirituality, or even religion. Nor do I care to debate whether addiction is a disease or a choice. However, I am here. I am here to share the message that God has given me. That is, if we stand in faith and fight that we will find purpose and the life God has called us to. If we never, ever quit, we will win. All I had to do was believe, have faith in what I could not see, knowing that it would be done if I just kept my focus on God and that faith.
Choice or disease? I really could care less. It really does not matter which one you believe it to be. God saved me from alcoholism, God healed my wife from an incurable, rare blood cancer. God just keeps doing what He said He would do. It is my faith where I found purpose and reclaimed my life. It is by faith me and my family are healed and whole. Choice or disease, argue away, it’s really all about that “FAITH”.