Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16).
You may fear that someone who really knew all your weaknesses and failings would reject you. But a priesthood leader or a trusted friend who understands the recovery process usually responds with understanding and compassion. How could such a response help you heal?
I’ve felt this already as I’ve started sharing my inventory with Jason and with Bishop Froer. Not only do I feel so comforted to get things out in the open, but I really feel like both Jason and the Bishop are trying to understand and help me. Jason especially understands since he’s “been there” in many ways. We’re able to talk about the core issues and realize that recognizing them is the first most important step towards true healing.
Earlier today I was about to get mad or bothered at Becky for something; however, because of the process I’ve been taking with recognizing resentments and asking myself – “What did I do to get the ball rolling?” I was able to catch myself and see where I was in the error of even letting the issue grow on me.
I’m grateful to be working step 5 honestly and talking things over.
Things I’m grateful for
- talking with Greg the facilitator about Step 5 and confessing to the Bishop about past sins I’d already cleared up
- talking with Jason about the same thing
- praying about my concerns
- feeling strongly that I got the answer I needed
- having an amazing day today with my family
- going on a fun bike ride
- playing basketball
- doing a “spring clean” together
- taking a great nap
- going on a really fun date with Becky
- dancing together
- eating ice cream at the Creamery
- working hard on the “chin-up” approach to overcoming lustful desires
Talk tomorrow. I may be getting a calling tomorrow.