A Solid Foundation
Bible Reading: Matthew 7:24-27
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.
At this point in our recovery we've started to rebuild our lives. We came to realize that our past lives weren't able to hold up under the pressure of life's storms. Now we're trying to do things differently so we don't repeat past mistakes and see it all come crashing down again.
Jesus told a story that relates to this. "Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash" (Matthew 7:24-27).
The instructions Jesus gave are integrated into the principles of the Twelve Steps. By practicing them we will be following Jesus' instructions. Life will always have storms and floods! We will face challenging problems and hurts in the future, as we have in the past. Practicing the principles of the Twelve Steps—honesty, humility, accountability, reliance upon God, self-evaluation, interdependence with others, openness to transformation, consideration, prayer, and diligence—will create a firm foundation for the new life we're working to build.
Our recovery takes time, but should reach and transform the very roots of our being.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.