Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he often disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

God's Mistakes?

A client sharing in group says he's having difficulty with his roommates. They leave their clothing around. They don't clean up behind themselves after they eat. They say stupid stuff. Their music is too loud. And on and on.

"They're a bunch of morons," he said, exasperation in his voice.

"Aren't you the guy who has a lot of faith in God?" Asked the group leader.

"Of course I do," he replied.

"Well then, if you have a strong belief in God, you also believe that God created us, correct?"

"True," the man replied.

"Then you have to believe that he also created all the so-called morons among us."

The man fell silent, realizing that he'd been caught in a trap of his own making.

But it's true. If we have a strong belief in a creator who made us all then we have to believe that everything is his handiwork. The fools. The geniuses. The beautiful. The ugly. All of us, are examples of divine handiwork.

Sometimes when we see people who are irritating, difficult, or hard to deal with – even when they're sober – one might wonder what's God telling us?

And while it's presumptuous to speculate on what God is thinking might there not be a purpose in the challenging people around us? Is it just possible that he put them close to teach us lessons? Maybe to help us grow?