Walk The Talk
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
For the entirety of our journey through sobriety we will frequently run into people who, with or without malice, disrespect our sober life. I am talking specifically about people who know you are sober and disrespect you anyways. This could come in the form of offering you a drink, tagging you in posts involving alcohol, etc. Just recently I was tagged in a post on Facebook by a family member who was out drinking and having a good time, including the bottle of booze next to him in the pictures.
It got me thinking about how we carry ourselves to the outside world. How we may disrespect people, maliciously or not, but keep a seemingly zero tolerance rule in place when it comes to disrespecting our sobriety in such a way. We can’t begin to expect everyone to respect us, but since we come from a place of knowing exactly how offensive and hurtful it can be, we can display the attitude and respect we wish to receive.
We need to go forward giving others respect so that we don’t become hypocrites and guilty of harming others.
Father, I know how much I dislike being disrespected when it comes to my sobriety, so I ask that You instill within me an attitude of respect when it comes to my daily interactions with others. Provide me with compassion to others, not knowing their own situation in life, so that I may become a good representative of Christ and sobriety.