The Narrow Road
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.
We probably came into recovery because we'd had enough! We'd had enough of the pain, the lies, and the destruction that addictive/compulsive behaviors bring with them. One day at a time, we learned the principles on the road to recovery. Now we're at a place we weren't sure we could ever reach—Step Twelve. Now we're told to share the message with others. We mustn't be discouraged when we find that not everyone will welcome the message.
Peter pointed out, "You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties. . . . Your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you" (1 Peter 4:3-4).
Jesus said, "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).
Our message won't be accepted by the masses. The people on the "highway to hell" won't eagerly restrict themselves to the clearly defined steps on the road to recovery.
As we share our recovery with others, we bring new strength to our own recovery journey.
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.