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Is It Really A Bad Time?

 

Is there ever really a bad time of the year to invite people to connect with others on a journey of recovery?!?


As stated in the graphic image above, the fellowship that abounds in 12-Step Recovery Meetings, can't be beat!

To gather together with others who know what it is like to live a life of hopeless futility, and to collectively and selflessly help one another out of that bitter morass of self-pity, desperation, and loneliness, is akin to finding God. And in a sense, that is what we do! We find God in the fellowship of recovery from "a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body." (Alcoholics Anonymous, Forward to the 1st Edition, April 1939)

During the pandemic, the gathering of people groups was greatly discouraged, and in some places even disallowed. Being creative addicts and alcoholics, we found a way to continue meeting together from the safety of our own homes, using modern technology. While not quite the same as in-person meetings, virtual meetings were good enough to get us through the required period of isolation, in the interest of safety and mutual well-being.

Now that the requirements to isolate have been rescinded, many have found their way back to the in-person meeting rooms. Others have opted to continue attending virtual meetings. Some folks participate in both in-person meetings as well as virtual meetings.

No matter which type of meeting one prefers, it is ALWAYS BETTER to meet with others to encourage and support one another. JUST AS IMPORTANTLY (if not even more importantly), is the need to reach out to others who are still struggling to find a way out of their dilemma. 

A.A.'s Responsibility Statement states: "I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there, and for that: I AM RESPONSIBLE." What a wonderful, altruistic statement of endeavor

Just like the spiritual principles of AA's "suggested 12-Step program of recovery (Ibid. Chapter 5, 'How It Works', page 59), so, too, does the statement of responsibility have an underlying spiritual principle at its foundation. Most people are more familiar with it as "The Story of the Good Samaritan".

The main point of all this is to bring home the fact that it is one thing to be a part of something for the betterment of self. But when one reaches a point where it is no longer about seeking relief from the bedevilments that used to plague them (Ibid, Chapter 4, 'We Agnostics', page 52), then it is time to reach out to others, and become a responsible member of the program.

Notice that word 'responsible' has at its root, the word 'response', which is also rooted in the word 'respond'. These are all things that God, as we understand Him, requires of us - be we in recovery or otherwise. (And, after all, are not everyone of us seeking to recover our connection to our Creator?)

When we become "willing to go to any lengths" (Ibid, Chapter 5, "How It Works', page 58) to find "FREEdom From MEdom"  (i.e., selfishness and self-centeredness, page 62), then we take "certain steps" (Ibid, page 58), that make clear to us that "we had to quit playing God" (page 62).

It breaks my heart to see so many 'in the rooms of recovery' that fail to truly grasp the concept that...
…there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid. Many of us had moral and philosophical convictions galore, but we could not live up to them even though we would have liked to. Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on our own power. We had to have God's help.

When I came to understand and believe that if I did not fully and completely surrender my life to the "One who has all power-that One is God" (page 59),  I would be doomed to a life awakening "to face the hideous Four Horsemen - Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair." (page 151)

When I did surrender to the one whom I hated for the majority of my life and whom I believed to be the reason my life turned out the way it had, I discovered what the "more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body" discovered -- the A, B, Cs of the program:

(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.

SO... to make a long story an epic...

My whole purpose today, is to reach out to others, both inside and outside the rooms of 12-Step Recovery Meetings, with the TRUTH that the pioneers and co-founders of AA came to know and understand...
We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

 And that...

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.

If you would like to have the same, genuine, 12-Step Recovery that the original members had, then I invite you to join me on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings, as I share the original program of Alcoholics Anonymous, via a virtual ZOOM meeting.

The meeting times and links to the meetings are on the ONLINE MEETINGS page.

I hope you will join me and come to know the joy and freedom that the original members found, by placing their unwavering trust in the God of the Bible, and letting HIM be the light of their life.












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