Friday, May 02, 2008
I'll be speaking this weekend on the final week of our Road Trip series. We'll also be showing the video of our arrival to Emmaus and the events that took place there. The main idea of this week is that we continue our spiritual journey by inviting others to take the next step with us. I've learned a lot from my friends in recovery, but chief among them is the importance of living a 12th Step lifestyle. We'll be looking at how that plays out for us self-addicted people this weekend. I like to think we are all addicted to something, even if it is the pride of thinking we aren't addicted to anything.
For your consideration: The 12 Steps of AA:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Posted by Joe at 3:50 PM