When I was a wee one, around 5- or 6-years-old, I remember that a girl had come to our house overnight and painted a message on my older brother’s window – “Hi” – and it stayed on that window for years.
I recall my mother being upset about it. Irritated. I mean, it’s paint on glass. What could she do? We couldn’t replace the window because cash was always tight, so, we all just left it there. An eyesore for all to see. An unsightly blemish on our otherwise beautiful home.
As the years passed, my older brother moved out and I moved into his room. Around the time I was 11-years-old, the topic of the “Hi” window came up and how it was painted on. Someone said, “That’s not paint. It’s shoe polish. Get a rag with warm water and it’ll come right off.”
Sure enough, when I brought out a rag to wipe the eyesore off, it came off in seconds.
My mother and I spend years with that “Hi” on the window, thinking we were stuck with it for good because we didn’t understand it, we thought it was paint, but it only took a small amount of effort for it to be gone.
The same can be said about addictions and bad habits. We think that because our vice is an addiction, we are stuck with it for good, that it will forever be an eyesore on our lives.
But with that attitude, we don’t even try.
The truth is, addiction is much harder to erase than shoe polish, but if you work to understand your addiction, pray for strength and will power, put a little bit of effort into working a recovery plan, keep at it, eventually, you will be able to be free of that blemish!
And I firmly believe that complete freedom cannot come without God’s grace, mercy, and love.
If you aren’t a Christian and have been unsuccessful in breaking your addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, smoking, etc. and you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to talking to God…
…start with “Hi.”