I finished reading David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy a few weeks ago now. It is a great story about his journey into and through his oldest son’s addiction to meth. This is a good read for any parent. If you are willing, as you read this, consider that God sees us, feels for us, longs for us, as children.
In the latter part of the book, Sheff thanks his son’s sponsor in a 12 step program for the help and support he has provided. Randy, the sponsor, replied:
No need to thank me. this is how I stay alive.
The sponsor was himself a recovering addict. He knew a lot about the kinds of things Nic, Sheff’s son, had been through. He was committed to Nic’s future – in many ways and some of the time more than Nic was himself.
“No need to thank me, this is how I stay alive.”
Can we say that, as followers of Jesus, about our role in the lives of others?
Perhaps we have been so deeply inside “church culture” for so long that we have forgotten the joy of knowing forgiveness in our souls. Are we daily in touch with the very real challenges that sin throws in our face?
What if the church were full if people who, if thanked for their part in discipling others for Jesus Christ, would respond, “No need to thank me, this is how I stay alive.”