Cause and Effect

October 23, 2018

Cause and Effect

When my son died, I didn’t want to play the game anymore. His death broke every rule I thought was important. His death hurt my trust—not my faith—in God. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in God anymore. I absolutely believed in God, but I also related to the words of C. S. Lewis: “So this is what God is really like.”

We’re all in the game, whether we like it or not. It’s a game called cause and effect. If we don’t play by the rules—live by values—we’re going to reap the consequences of living that way. We may have been hurt by life, but not practicing our values hurts other people, and it hurts us.

Inventory Focus: If you are recovering from alcoholism or addiction, are you attending meetings and working the Steps? If codependency issues are a problem, are you paying attention to them in recovery? If you’re not addicted and not codependent, do you have any formal or informal regular practice to help yourself stay spiritually in shape and on track?

From the desk of Melody Beattie
Originally posted October 18, 2014

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