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Courage is the power to let go of the familiar - Raymond Lindquist

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

So good! Letting go of the familiar can be difficult for a few but for the alcoholic it’s near impossible. You see, for me having

a drink in my hand and a pill in my mouth was my daily routine. I would start as soon as I got up in the morning, continue

throughout the day and it was the last thing I did before passing out for the night. This was all I knew during the waning

months of my addiction lifestyle. It was familiar, it was all that I knew and the fear of letting go kept me in bondage. So how

does one transition from letting go of the familiar and choosing courage to change? As a person of faith, I need to seek out the

scriptures and I love David’s experience in Psalm 138:3. “On the day I called, you answered me; You made me bold with

strength in my soul.” I was given boldness with strength in my soul when I finally surrendered to my addictions and entered

detox. Getting sober was the first step in my journey and I am reminded time and time again to either choose the courage to

let go or shrink back in fear. For those of us struggling with addictions it’s necessary to lay everything at the foot of the cross

and to seek the Saviors way for our lives. In fact, isn’t this the calling for anyone who has a personal faith that is seeking the

courage to change? The good news is that the love of God the father is available for all who seek him and it’s through his love

and the power of the spirit that we move from the familiar and into unknown. I’m reminded again of that verse in Philippians

4:13, “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” Today, may you find the power to believe, the willingness to

let go and the courage to change!

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