Oct 27

Within Your Reach

I can’t help but wonder exactly how many people’s lives have been touched in some way by 12 Step recovery.  So many beautiful people broken and then incredibly remade by working the Steps.  In his desperate effort to save his own life and reaching out to those close enough to touch Bill Wilson really has played a part in saving the world….

I am especially moved by the young people I have met in recovery circles.  I can’t really imagine the challenges they face in rebuilding their lives in this culture.  And yet, they do.  I have been blessed to witness the transformation of seemingly hopeless addicts into some of the most inspiring people I have ever met.  Honest, hardworking, maybe still a little crude, but funny, clever, humble, full of hope and love, they’re the real deal.  Reaching out to others as a part of their own healing – their mission is simply to touch the lives within their reach and carry the message.

“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

Step Twelve is a mission statement.  A call to all those who have been healed to live a better life…. Not just to be sober, not even just to be a sponsor but to be a better friend, son, daughter, spouse, parent, employee and co-worker, genuine, vulnerable and imperfect.  There is more than sobriety here, as if that weren’t enough, there is more than recovery from grief, depression, abuse and all the other physical and emotional expressions of the spiritual malady – we are not the only ones affected by our healing.  The spiritual awakening heals the world one person at a time.

We don’t have to go to some remote and dangerous place on the planet to make a difference.  Look around and be encouraged.  Every single day that you work your own program for recovery you are making all the difference.  If you have never read the book Bill W. consider putting it on your list.  His biography is a story of hope for all people.  It’s pretty clear that he had no clue, not even a hint of understanding in regard to the number of people that would be carrying the message of the hope he found.  How amazing, the difference each one of us can make in this world just by doing what we can for the people within our reach.

Today I thank God for one brand new little girl I know who is blessed to be alive and well, beyond perfect in every way, living in a home with two of God’s most precious displays of living a healed life.  I am grateful to know them, inspired by all that they have done and blessed to have witnessed the miracle.

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