The Blue Chip Challenge

Tonight was chip night at Richland Celebrate Recovery. So many men and women came down to get their first blue chip. It was awesome!

Tonight was also a night for a couple of us to get our 11 year (Clarence) and 16 year chips (me)😊

I had another post I wanted to share with you today, but I changed my mind last night after going to Celebrate Recovery. For those who do not know about Celebrate Recovery you can read about it here.

So, this post will be a challenge of sorts, but not one where I will nominate anyone. God will challenge you.

You see, we have these cool blue chips that you can come down front and get anytime during our service at Richland Celebrate Recovery. To some people they are simply called a blue chip, to others it is a desire chip and then for others it is called a surrender chip. Me personally, I like the latter and here’s why…

Those chips, in and of themselves, can do nothing for you. They will not save you. They will not help you recover from whatever it is you are dealing with at the moment. They will not keep you sane, safe or secure. To me it is what they represent…action..surrender

You know how you sometimes will get that warm fuzzy feeling inside when someone is telling you of what God has done in their life or maybe when a pastor is speaking on a certain sin? Well that’s the Holy Spirit. And He is prompting you to action.

And that action for you today may simply be saying…
You know what God? I’ve tried it my way all these years and it’s just not working. I can’t do this on my own anymore. Will you please help me?

That’s what the blue chip is. It’s a symbol of you surrendering a struggle to the God who created you every so wonderfully.

It’s a starting point to the next chapter in your life. A chapter that begins with surrendering and continues being written moment by moment, word by word, action by action, until one day you realize that the burden of that struggle is lighter than it used to be. Your not carrying it by yourself anymore.

And one day you will look back at that surrender date and realize that it has been days, weeks, months or even years since you laid that struggle down at the feet of Jesus.

So, my dear friends, is there anything that you would like to surrender to God? We all have hurts, habit, and hang-ups!

Is God challenging you today to pick up the blue chip? If so share the story in the comments. If you are one of my blogging friends write about it. Heck, link back to this post so we can all read it. Give your readers a challenge…a hope.

Surrendering to the Lord is the only way I have not gotten drunk in over 12 years and walking in freedom from an addiction to pornography. If God was willing to help me, the worst of sinners…trust me He WILL help you. Just take that first step.

God Bless,


8 thoughts on “The Blue Chip Challenge”

  1. Beautiful and powerful post, Stu. And congratulations on your 16 years (and for picking up that first blue chip).
    I pray this post is read and prayed over and heeded by many. Surrendering to God gives a peace that passes understanding; but it is true.

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  2. Praise be to God! Way to go Stu!

    I am so proud of you and your walk. You know it hasn’t been easy but you’ve humbly shared that walk with people, sharing God’s word and continuing, even when it’s really hard to keep going. I have been reading your blog for a while now and you have been a great encourager to me. I don’t have an addiction but I struggle with spiritual warfare in my life, depression and anxiety. Thank you fo you journey and for sharing it with us all. Good job and congratulation!! God is good!

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