12-Steps, 12-Months

March 3, 2015

March… Step Three

“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the power of God as we understood him.”

Many of us see the word “God” and tend to close our minds to it. We must remember that “God” is an acronym, for some it stands for “Good Orderly Direction,” to you and others it may have a different meaning. Our higher power does not have to be understood by others, nor do we have to understand others’ higher power. Our previous thinking, and trying to do things our way landed us in the situation we were in when we began working these steps. It is important for us to stop trying to control everything around us, and become willing to leave it in the hands of a power greater than ourselves.

February… Step Two

In February we take a look at Step Two. The second step says: “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity.” Just as February can be a difficult month, this can be a difficult step. What is a power greater than us? And who says we are not sane? Remember that these are simply words, this is just the second step. There are ten more to follow that will help us understand a bit more with each step we take. We have admitted we cannot do this alone, we are powerless over some substance. So it follows that perhaps something greater than us, something outside of us, a force that is stronger, whatever that may be, could help us… Remember the words came to believe. We may see gradually, as we move through the steps, what that power is…. More will be revealed as we move forward. Be patient, as winter runs its course, the snow thaws; we see a glimpse of spring, so too may we come to believe and experience a power greater than ourselves.

January… Start the Year with Step One

Step one says:

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol- that our lives had become unmanageable”.

Overall the most important step, and one to remember, always, in recovery. We must never forget that there is something out there that can take our dreams, our families, our plans and our careers. We may think that we have control of many aspects of our lives, that we are in charge, we make the decisions. We cannot forget that there was a time when something, some substance, took control of us. No matter what we planned to do, how we promised we would change, that tomorrow would be different…our lives became unmanageable.

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