It's Only 12 Steps
For some time I've wanted to write about the 12 Steps that were originally created for Alcoholics Anonymous 81 years ago by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. There are many recovery programs active today that are based on these principals. My own experience was through a Christian-based program called Celebrate Recovery. I've said many times that it's the best thing I ever did at church. While the data about the long term success of AA and other 12 Step programs varies, it seems undeniable to me that if we are serious about the program, diligently working and incorporating the steps into our way of thinking and living, we will achieve a spiritual transformation that will forever change our lives.
We are all addicts. The behavior manifests itself in various ways--maybe we prefer chemicals or sex. Perhaps our addiction is money, power, work, family, security, ego feeding, or anything that gives us a rush. All these addictions and compulsive behaviors are a symptom of delusional thinking--like fear, perfectionism, or insecurity. It's the thinking that repeatedly says, "Things would be ok, if I could just try one more time what has proven consistently not work." Often the roots of delusional thinking are unconscious, so we're blind to them. It's the log we miss in our own eye while complaining about the splinter in someone else's eye that Jesus explains in Matthew 7:3-5.
During the first 2 months of 2017, most of my ramblings here will be about one of the 12 Steps. But if your life is perfect, if you have no hurts, habits, or hang-ups that sometimes plague you, don't leave. Maybe you can apply these steps to help a messed-up neighbor or relative.