Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry the message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Psalm 51:6, NLT
"This inrush of God’s Holy Spirit heals us naturally – naturally. But it does far more than that. Indeed, as we pursue the spiritual life we lose sight of the physical benefits in our increasing vision of God Himself. We find after a while that we desire God more for His own sake than for ours."
- Agnes Sanford
Matching up God’s grace with our willingness brings about a life-altering shift to our thinking, to our believing, and to the way that we see ourselves and the world around us. As a result of this shift, we have experienced changes in how we spend our time, our talents and our money. We have also seen changes in the way we eat and the way we work in our careers. Most of all, healthy changes are reflected in our relationships. We have become and continue to become the most blessed of all people. We are free to share God’s love with others in whatever ways are appropriate.
And it does not stop there. We are responsible for being good stewards of the life that God is building in us. We need to challenge ourselves by facing some tough questions so that we can keep moving away from our addictions and toward a fuller, more intimate relationship with God.
Here are some of the questions that keep coming back to us again and again…
What is God saying to me today?
What are the things that I am powerless over?
How is my life unmanageable?
What do I need to admit?
What actions do I need to take?
In the past, we avoided questions like these. We had been afraid of what the answers might reveal about us. But now, fear no longer has to hold us back. We see how difficult questions like these keep us moving forward to a life that is increasingly more honest and worth living. And after all, isn’t that what we were looking for all along?
Insights and Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery
By David Zailer and The Men and Women of Operation Integrity
Chapter Twelve Segment Seven
Copyright David Zailer, 2008
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