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.
Life flows in seasons. We all deal with life in terms of days and weeks, months and years. Special events, both personal and spiritual, are commemorated throughout the calendars of our lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are woven into the fabric of our days to help keep us connected to God. They also remind us where we've come from and where we're headed.
The Bible is full of examples that show the importance of integrating the spiritual with the "practice of the principles" in our everyday lives. Daniel prayed three times a day, every day. The disciples of Jesus went to the Temple regularly for worship and prayer. Christians are told, "Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another" (Hebrews 10:25). All faithful Jews were required to celebrate the sacred feasts three times each year.
God knows that we easily forget the deep truths of the spirit if we disconnect the spiritual from our daily lives. We need to take care to commemorate the victories we've had. We need to attend regular meetings, to encourage one another, to celebrate each year of our sobriety, to tell our story over and over again to our children and our children's children. That way, we will never forget and we will bring hope to others.
Celebrating our past victories can bring encouragement to ourselves and others.
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.