Devotionals by Steve Arterburn

Responsible Brad

This is my command: Love each other. - John 15:17

Brad, a policeman and a terrific guy, is honest, full of integrity, and everything you’d want in a cop. He’s a loving husband and a father who’s made great decisions for his family. If you knew him, you’d respect him as much as I do. And you’d be happy that he was protecting your neighborhood.
 
But what if my friend was irresponsible and just wanted to have an easy shift or a desk job? All he’d have to do is drink coffee, stay in one place, and not police the neighborhood. Then he wouldn’t get involved with conflict or have to go to the trouble of filling out a lot of paperwork because he gave a ticket or arrested someone.  
 
Many of us go through our lives just like that. We look the other way. We don’t get involved. We don’t trouble ourselves to do the difficult things we maybe ought to be doing.  
 
Don’t isolate. Connect. Get involved. Don’t think of yourself. Instead, live your life and make your priorities thinking of others first. Jesus commanded us to love one another, and one of the better definitions of love I heard is: Love is making your problem my problem. 
 
Make someone else’s problem your problem.
 
“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” -Bernard Melzer

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministriesand host of the #1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk showNew Life Live! heard and watched by over 2 million people each week on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide, on XM and Sirius Satellite radio and on NRBTV. Steve is also the host of New Life TV, a web-based channel dedicated to transforming lives through God’s truth. Steve is the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 5 million people. He also serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Steve is a nationally and internationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as OprahInside Edition,Good Morning AmericaCNN LiveThe New York TimesUSA TodayUS News & World ReportABC World News Tonight, and ironically in GQand Rolling Stone magazines. Steve has spoken at major events for theNational Center for FatheringAmerican Association of Christian CounselorsPromise Keepers CanadaLife Well Conferences in Australia and The Salvation Army to name a few.

Steve is a best-selling author of books such as Every Man’s Battle,Healing Is A Choice and his latest books, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, The Book of Life RecoveryIs This The One? and recently co-authored Worthy of Her Trust with Jason Martinkus. With over 8 million books in print he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited and produced the #1 selling Life Recovery Bible. For a more comprehensive list of his books, visit our store site.

His speaking topics address issues common to leaders, adult men and women, including Every Man’s BattleLose it For LifeThe 7-Minute Marriage SolutionEvery Heart Restored, and Healing is a Choice. Steve’s ministry endeavors focus on identifying and compassionately responding to the needs of those seeking healing and restoration through God’s truth.

Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees and is currently completing his doctoral studies in Christian counseling.

Steve resides with his family in Fishers, Indiana.

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