For Part I: Click Here. It was posted on January 24.
I know many in our community are past the initial wave of recovery. Many of us have seen our loved ones become sober and carry on in the journey of recovering their lives. Many of us who have substance use issues have found sustained sobriety. Many of us have never had a loved one deal with a substance use issue nor have dealt with it ourselves.
What if my issue is not substance-related? How does this process talk apply?
We are all in constant need of spiritual principles that expand our view of the world beyond ourselves in order to live out God's call to be a loving and forgiving people whose life (as a community) points to God's character, actions, and values. Recovery grounds us in the kinds of spiritual disciplines that connect us with this calling. In fact, every week I'm coming across more and more articles calling upon Christians to reexamine the 12 steps and to take them seriously as a guide for faithful living.
We all need a guide for faithful living. Some cheeky person will undoubtedly email me and say, "We have one, the Bible." Yes, true, but let's also be honest- it's quite confusing and complicated. It helps to have some of the key ideas distilled so that we can more attentively focus on them. The 12 steps, which serve as the basis for many recovery principles, do exactly this.
They continue to offer guidance and help push us in the direction of "meaning" long after we've left "crisis mode."