June 13

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 13: “Be confident because you are a child of God. Be humble because everyone else is too.” ― Glennon Doyle Melton

This quote reminded me of Chuck C. He continuously refers to everyone as “God’s kids.” I remember the first few times I read A New Pair of Glasses. I was so happy inside reading that phrase-God’s kids. It made me feel good, and I did not know why.

There is a certain amount of freedom in being just another one of God’s kids. We are all in this together. I am claimed and owned by God. I love that. I never wanted to be claimed by those who believed I belonged to them. They were scary and bad things happened around them. It never made sense to me, but I DO remember the feeling of being happy inside because I belonged to God.

I never felt that in my religious upbringing. They tried to bludgeon me into being a good person, but I never felt connected to them or God in that space. Today, I still remember my feeling of belonging and being loved when I read the phrase “God’s kids.” I have never let go of it.

I guess that it was the first time I really connected with the idea that if ALL of us were God’s kids, then we all were subject to doing things that were not considered good by the world around us or those who feel they are qualified to judge.

It took a great deal of pressure off my heart and shoulders for the first time. I was in this recovery thing, but it was that phrase and that book that truly gave me my first true sense of spiritual connection to that Power I love so dearly today.

This is never to be discounted. Because we are all here looking for that sense of belonging to that Power. We may immediately feel a kinship with the group or certain individuals around the fellowships, but it isn’t until we feel kinship and belonging with the Power that we are HOME.

From the moment I read about “God’s kids” I have been HOME. It took me a long time to identify when that happened and how it happened. I always knew that book gave me my first sense of spiritual connection to recovery, but I did not know why. This was a whole inventory process I once put myself into, so I could find the key that opened the lock of my heart and spirit. I want to carry it always.

So this quote made me very happy because it reminds me of how much I need to belong to God (Universal Power) and that you, too, are seeking this tremendous connection. What a great blessing all of this is!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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