If you were going to climb Mt. Everest, either literally or figuratively, you would have to think Big.
In the metaphorical sense, when we think of overcoming addiction as climbing our own Everest, the dream and execution are just as Big — just in an emotional and spiritual way.
But thinking small won’t get us to the point of having conquered our addiction. The steps of action may be very small on a daily basis, but those steps are part of a much larger vision: A freedom which often feels impossible.
In The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis wrote:
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.
We are far too easily pleased.
A Big Vision. A Big Request. Take Jesus at His word when He offers to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free (Luke 4). Jesus asked the man in John 5:6, “Do you want to get well?”
What do you want? Don’t be satisfied with a life of mediocrity, shame, failure and pain that have become a regular part of your life as an addict.
Just this morning i talked to a man who was far too complacent about his own pain. He believed it would always be with him, rather than seeing that Jesus could set him free. His desires were too small, too half-hearted.
Do you want to be well? Cultivate a Big Vision; a vision of freedom from addiction to pornography, lust and masturbation. And ask Him for it.
Big Vision. Big Request. Freedom.