As I walked into a narcotics anonymous meeting, I began seeing what appeared to be a hospital room full of sick, diseased people and guess what?

They were all doing something about it…they were there for the antidote.

In the hour long session of narcotics anonymous that was to follow, I began to become more familiar with the Twelve Steps that are foundational to addiction recovery groups. These steps are sincerely a way to live a healthy, balanced life and not just for those recovering from difficult addictions.

What we often miss in our normal lives is that we all are slaves to things we consume and hold on to, and what’s more is that we believe they give us freedom. However, unless we become aware of these chains that bind us and have power over us, well remain a slave—bound up, diseased and untreated.

Later that same day, I found myself in the chapel praying night prayer with my fellow missionaries and once again I began seeing a hospital room full of sick, diseased people—myself included—and guess what?

We were all doing something about it…we were there for the antidote.

Relinquishing control and placing your trust in God is a difficult process, but the joy is that it is one which allows you to begin entering into relationship with Him.

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I [Christ] did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

Tyler is a missionary from Gainesville, VA. He enjoys hiking in the mountains, golfing with his family, and crowd surfing at metal/punk concerts.