O how terrible for those who confuse good with evil, right with wrong, light with dark, sweet with bitter! O how terrible for those who think they're so wise, who consider themselves so clever!
I have been an alcohol and drug counselor and prevention specialist for 30 years and if I have to listen to this statement one more time....
"I don't regret my (bad) history (whether abuse, bad circumstances or poor choices), it's made me strong."
This is a lie. Those things - whether terror or treachery - have not made you stronger, but rather made you weaker. Look at your trajectory:
- Have you been able to persevere?
- Have you been able to do the right thing?
- Have you had success by any definition?
- Have you been able to maintain healthy relationships?
- Have you been able to set goals and follow through to completion?
- Have you kept yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy?
I would contend NOT! Otherwise, we would not be in relationship right now with me as your coach or counselor. Not only have you not done the right thing, you are so blinded that you cannot discern right from wrong, distinguish right from wrong and, in fact, you call the wrong "right." Totally blinded. Let alone have any ability - strength or direction - to do what is right, even if you could see it.
How terrible for those "heroes" who can outdrink anyone, those "champions" who take pride in their mixed drinks; those judges who set the guilt free in exchange for "a little something," all the while denying the innocent what they deserve! It is no wonder that the LORD burns with anger at His people.
Isaiah 5:22, 23, 25.