Over 30 years ago, I came to sobriety over alcohol. To maintain my sobriety, I had gone to AA meetings and found they were helpful in keeping me sober. I found a Christ centered 12 step program in Powell, TN called Overcomers Outreach. The leader of this group was a man named Clyde. Right away I noticed 3 things about Clyde. In order of importance (at that time in my life) they were:
1. He was sober and had stayed sober for a number of years.
2. He loved Christ and spoke of Him not just as a Savior but as a Friend.
3. In spite of the first 2 blessings in his life, he still had “stuff” in his life.
I had thought that if only I was sober, my life would be free of problems. I wanted to be like Clyde.
I had thought that if only I was sober, my life would be free of problems.
Over the next few months, with the help of Christ, Clyde and others in the group, my life changed. I was moving in a new and wonderful direction. Clyde asked me to start leading some of the meetings. I became comfortable in leading, sharing and praying over the lives of other alcoholics. This led to another person in recovery and myself starting an Overcomers Outreach at our church.
One of the best times was when my wife, who was not in addiction, helped me lead a group in yet another church. I led groups for over 20 years and somewhere along the way Christ revealed this truth to me: I was a Clyde…I was sober, I loved Christ who was now my Savior and my Friend, and I too had “stuff” in my life…but I could deal with it.
I learned that it is Christ, not Clyde who heals us and brings us to Freedom.
Do you have a Clyde in your life? Are you a Clyde in someone else’s life? Christ is in the business of changing names and changing lives. I learned that it is Christ, not Clyde who heals us and brings us to Freedom. The “Clydes” are the ones who nudge us in that journey. They are the pathfinders who show us the pathway to Christ.
Lord, thank You for Clyde.
I pray that you would have a Clyde in your life or be a Clyde in someone else’s life.