For several years I enjoyed regularly attending a prayer group for alcoholics and addicts. The old-timers in the group, those with some mature sobriety, always warned the newcomers about the need to be thankful. Those returning to the group after a relapse would often confess that when they stopped being thankful their relapse quickly followed. So as you might imagine, prayers in these groups tended to be full of thanksgiving. Regularly men and women prayed, “Thank you, God, for letting us get out of bed today.” And from those opening words, they often rattled off a long list of that for which they were thankful.
One of the first things an addict learns about thankfulness when going to a half-way house is something that could benefit all of us. Before they go to bed at night, they put their shoes up under their bed. Why? So that in the morning, they would have to get down on their knees to look under the bed for their shoes. When they found themselves on their knees, they would remember to pray, giving thanks to God for letting them have another day.
Maybe all of us should do that, put our shoes under the bed. We need to do something to remind us that we do not need to even leave our rooms before we get down on our knees to praise God for who He is and thank God for what He has done.
Where are your shoes?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
“Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”