Wednesday, April 27, 2011
So some of you Thinking Out Loud readers may already know this, but my daughter Addi is a fundraising fiend. Once she sets her mind to raising money in support of something, she sets her goal and always reaches it. Since our pastor Ken passed, she has been asked to help another friend of ours, Steve, you may remember this fundraiser (who is also a fundraising fiend) with a fundraiser that Ken had planned. Our church is a church of missions, an outward focused church, a serving church; and that is largely in part to Ken's leadership. Last year, we did the book study The Hole In Our Gospel which got our congregation asking the question....What If? What if we helped people who live right down the street? What if we helped people across the world? What if we became the hands and feet of Christ? What if? We adopted a few different areas near and far to specifically serve, and we lovingly refer to them as The Villages. So on May 21, the Pedaling Pastor Project will take place. We will all ride our bikes and make pledges in honor of the villages and in memory of Ken. Addi and our friend, Steve, shot a funny video to show in an upcoming church service. Make sure you mute the music below in order to hear it.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco, heroin and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.
Addiction can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. Pleasure and enjoyment would have originally been sought, however over a period of time involvement with the substance or activity is needed to feel normal. Some psychology professionals and many laymen now mean 'addiction' to include abnormal psychological dependency on such things asgambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, internet, work, exercise, idolizing, watching TV or certain types of non-pornographic videos, spiritual obsession, cutting and shopping.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine has this definition for Addiction:
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in the individual pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. The addiction is characterized by impairment in behavioral control, craving, inability to consistently abstain, and diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can involve cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.The main thing I know about addiction is that when someone you love is addicted to something, it's the most important thing in their lives....whether they want it to be or not....it is! And in turn, it affects your relationship....the way they feel about you....and the way you think they feel about you! It's an ugly ugly thing.