‘Rule-Models’ by Kent Whitaker, CRI Sr Rep Oregon

The LCC CR team was at a WA DOC training being given by Chaplain Bill Cardin a few weeks ago, he said, “Issues with authority is the main reason these men end up in prison. You volunteers are role-models for the participants in your program, you following the DOC rules & regulations, submitting to authority, is watched closely by all. Don’t allow the inmates to ‘manipulate’ you away from standing firm on the DOC rules or, form the structure of your program. What you model consistently when you’re here, is the most valuable lesson that you bring or, if you don’t, the greatest harm you’ll do.”
In Scripture, leaders who are role-models appear from beginning to end: Abraham, Moses, David to John, Paul, Timothy… Jesus Christ being the ultimate role-model of course. And, conversely, those who weren’t & who caused such damage to all around them: Cain, King Saul, Judas Iscariot, to name a few.
I’m confident that we all see all through Scripture, the expectation to follow very precise rules & submission to God’s purposes, it is a thread running throughout. The CR program has taken years of development, before it was even CR the basic concepts formed AA & AA evolved out of a program from the Christian Oxford Group; all of this didn’t begin as the genius of men but directly from God’s Word, all good is from God. Salvation is an unearned gift from God, earned for us by Jesus Christ’s work on the Cross & freely given us by His grace & not because of our works; ‘sanctification’ requires us to work out our salvation with fear & trembling, ‘discipleship’ means to actually love each other not merely talk about it! Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), the part most often quoted is, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”. The verse usually ignored spells out the work we’re engaged in, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Let’s become students of the Celebrate Recovery model, it’s elements & be diligent in administering our program.. be consistent week to week. When we walk into the institution it’s ‘SHOWTIME’ & all the eyes are on us, the officers, the inmates & each other. Make your time ‘inside’ count, don’t be pulled to the right or left, don’t allow your performance to be mediocre! Let’s practice good stewardship over this incredible ministry & mission God has given us.
Recovery, above all else, is structure, constantly improving the structure in one’s life, our thinking & choices each day, our attitudes & decisions to have Jesus Christ consciously involved in everything we do. God’s creation is one of extreme organization & structure, if you don’t believe me, read Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy a few times!

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