Sometimes we rebel against rules when we are on the road of recovery. We may think discipline and order are not for free spirits like us. We may think that rules limit our freedom. But discipline and order are good things. We can get stronger in many ways if we impose order upon our lives. Otherwise we are formless.
If your leg is broken you put a cast on it to make it stronger. The cast gives it a shape to grow into so it doesn’t grow crooked. If you have a bonsai tree you carefully shape it with wires to make it have a beautiful shape. If you are pouring concrete you have to put a form down first so the concrete doesn’t spill over everywhere. You likewise need a form for tomatoes and peonies. You have to give them something to grow up against so that they don’t fall over into the dirt.
When we impose a discipline to our lives we are making ourselves into disciples. We are making ourselves stronger by making ourselves fit into a particular form or mold, one that we know to be good for us. It isn’t something that is mandatory. We must choose to do this, to submit to this order.
It is just like with Peter when he was walking out on the water to Jesus, he said “Lord if you command me, I will go”. Peter needed to be commanded by Jesus in order to walk on the water. We too can work miracles like being free from substance abuse if we allow ourselves to be commanded by the right things. We allow ourselves to be commanded by adopting order and discipline into our lives. We aren’t giving up control or free will at all. It is entirely up to us to welcome order into our lives.