Today we are heading to a 14,264 foot high mountain. So, maybe this will be my 14er, finally. I never could climb one, although I attempted it twice. I got to around 13,000 feet both times and just had to bag it. Sad. This one has a road all the way to the top, so it is highly likely that I will make it :-)
So, I have a sponsee who is beating herself up without mercy. I talked to her this morning and asked her to please talk about herself like she would talk about someone she loves dearly and doesn't want to hurt. For me, I visualize one of my children. She does not have children, but she loves several of them. This means she cannot say "I am such a mess," "I'm an idiot," I'm stupid," etc. She can say "I am going through a challenging time and I am upset," "I may have made a poor choice," etc. She is going through difficulty, but she is sober - and for an alcoholic to stay sober is a big deal - always. We need to remember this every day. And thank God for it.
I have so many people to pray for today, and although I am sorry for the difficulties that people are facing, I sure am grateful to have so many people to love. My daughter-in-law lost one of her friends in Afghanistan yesterday. She is hurting.
Thank you God I can see outside of the bubble of self today. That truly is by your grace, and not my work.