Being a Quitter and Winning

I have attended AA meetings for some time now. I do not have words to describe how God has used this program to help me, as well as scads of others. It isn’t just the help to stop drinking that makes the program so great. The people in AA have had a powerful influence on me. Personal growth through “spiritual fitness,” were words I heard so often by recovering attendees at  meetings. Those words seemed obscure to me at first, but I soon learned, that term was the key to sober living.

People who reject the idea of going for help and do not want to hang-out with a group of drunks and dopers surely do not understand what is behind the door in these “rooms of recovery.” Some think AA, NA, CR, and the like are “cults.” (Not really, they just use that as one of their many excuses for not attending) If one is court ordered, they may attend, but they often leave their minds and hearts in the parking lot. They have no intention of listening to what an old drunk has to say.

Short disclaimer: Many come to AA, NA, etc. through the courts and get sober. Judges should be required to send everyone to recovery meetings that are appearing before them as a result of drinking and/or drugs use. This would save the states millions if the perp gets the message.

Hopefully, they will get the message in time. Don’t reject AA because of the term, “spiritual fitness.” You do not have to be religious or a church regular to get well, and stay clean and sober. There are many professed atheists in AA. But, you must have willingness. If you are willing, your life will improve in many ways. Both you, and your loved ones will benefit. The question to you is this: Do you want a better life? I would wager your spouse and children do. I would also wager the local tavern, or dealer doesn’t.

AA Is For Quitters
Cute statement. I have only heard that a few thousand times. It is true. We are quitters. We have quit losing homes, cars, loved friends, because of drinking and doping. We have quit thinking about where we were at last night, or if we spent the entire paycheck again. We have quit wondering if we ran over someone on the way home from a good old bender. We have quit losing, having gained a spiritual fitness through willingness and admission of our broken estate.

As I stated, you do not have to be religious, or even believe in God. But come and you will believe that hope is found there. Like many of us, you can be a quitter too!

“The Lord bless and keep you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace!” Numbers 6:24-26 
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Family Heirlooms

There is much tragedy surrounding families and the loss of their heirlooms, resulting from one of its members addiction to drugs and alcohol. To get a fix, addicts find nothing sacred,the alcoholic is known to be willing to sell his own mother for a drink. Their are many families that have never experienced this loss, and their heirlooms remain intact and passed on to the next generation. Some  heirlooms do not have value to anyone but the family, like portraits or photos of members who have passed. Some heirlooms however, are priceless, and if lost to thievery, irreplaceable.
In recovery meetings, members have a commonality, being our addictions to drink, drug, gambling, over-eating, etc. We become like a family as we recover, trying hard to help each other get better. We really do not have anything of any tangible value to pass to each other, and to the newcomer. What we pass on to each other is an understanding, as well as knowledge on how to work to stay sober and clean. This is priceless, and free. No re-hab can do for the individual that AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, et al, can do. It is the steps, sponsorship, fellowship, and giving back, as well as the spiritual fitness awareness, that create a willingness to remain clean. These unseen heirlooms are invaluable. Here is an example:
“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give  freely of what you find and join us.” The Big Book of AA, pg.164 
Of course this is a miniscule example of what you find, AA and NA’s big books, and the legacy of the founders. These programs, as well as the afore mentioned, teach and instruct in life through values, that are founded in spiritual principles. There is yet another family that has heirlooms that can never be taken away. This family is based on a “spoken” seed, unseen but real, and received by anyone who believes.
The seed is the Word of God, aka Jesus the Christ, aka Son of Righteousness, aka Lamb of God, aka Lion of Judah, aka, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is the Head of the family. Through His accomplished work, we are not only adopted into the family from our belief in Him, but we get our inheritance that moment we proclaim His Lordship over our lives. That moment we pass from death unto life, without payment or working for the privilege! All you have to do is this:
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Rom.10:9,13
Well I’m not ready just yet…you’re thinking, now is good, now is the time: “For He(God) says, ‘in an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you’…behold (look) now is the acceptable time, behold  now is the day of salvation!”  1 Cor. 6:2
There you have it, your are welcome into the family that you get to keep forever. The family heirlooms are yours to keep. Peace, joy, love, hope, and faith are just a few of the innumerable heirlooms that are yours to enjoy. The family you belong to now has heirlooms too, only the ones they pass down to you are in the form of misery, hopelessness, darkness, eternal separation from The Light, the Love, and fellowship with the Maker and Giver of every good thing. Come and get you some life!
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!