Tag: Community

The Importance of Others

“It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Too often people fail in the recovery process because they feel they no longer require the support of a healthy recovery community or group. After many years on the recovery road I can honestly say others on the same road have kept me motivated to ‘keep moving forward.’

I have heard people say “ I don’t need to go to group, I’ve got this” and fail. “God is all I need.” and fail. Now I am not saying “my God can’t supply all my needs.” But He knows and I know we need others. The reason Bill Wilson and Doctor Bob found success is because they discovered the power of supporting one another. And, they realised their dependence on God.

Don’t live life without protection. Find your support community and get involved in it. I am so glad ‘lockdowns’ in Victoria are coming to an end. Not because I don’t like my own company, I do. But because I know as the end I can re enter the recovery community that has become an important part of my spiritual walk with God.

Verse for today

“You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.” James 3:1

Living In Peace In Spite of Our Differences


WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

 

Psalms 133:1-3 How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.

  • Through recovery and in life God wants us to function in unity. When we accept each other’s differences it creates harmony, healing, and community.

#2325 Verse For Today


Let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time, we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. Galatians 6:9

#2065 Attend Meetings


Reflections Coververse for todayRomans 12:16 Don’t be proud. Be willing to be a friend of people who aren’t considered important. Don’t think that you are better than others.

We were made for community. None of us were created to be loners, even though that’s how many of us ended up. We were born to share with others, care for others and take care of others.

A large part of the recovery process is encouraging others. Hebrews 10:25 says “Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.”

thought_for_todayMeeting attendance is an important part of our recovery. Both for our benefit and for the benefit of others who God may have brought to hear what we have to say.

  • Do you attend meetings regularly?
  • if not, why not?

Made for Community


1 John 3:17 Suppose someone sees a brother or sister in need and can help them. If he doesn’t take pity on them, how can the love of God be in him?

 We need each other. None of us were designed to be alone. That’s why God created Eve.

Helping one another is an important part of the recovery process. In the recovery process, we should never think of ourselves as totally independent. We need the help of others and they need our help.  And, none of us are excused from that task. John 13:34 says “I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you.” Loving each other is a commandment, not an option.

 Recovery only works as it should when we all work together for the common good of all.

– Do you know someone who needs help and you can be that help?

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1 John 1:9 God is faithful and fair. If we admit that we have sinned, he will forgive us our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure.

 Through our confession God forgives us. Then, through Jesus, He provides a way for us to enter His presence and share in community with others.

Most of my life growing up I got involved with the wrong people and did the wrong things for one reason. I wanted to belong.

Coming into recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous didn’t change that for me. I still felt different.

It wasn’t till I got into a relationship with Jesus and started doing what He guided me to do. Going to the places, He prompted me to go I felt I was where I belonged.

  • Do you feel lost?
  • What do you need to do to belong?

 

 Prayer: Lord show me the place You want me to be and help me belong.

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Develop Intimacies With God in Prayer, but Please Don’t Stop With That


I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language–unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all. When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

1 Corinthians 14:5 ~ 2 Corinthians 1:6 ~ Galatians 6:10

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Daily Reflection November 2, 2016


         Bible Reading: Romans 6:9-21

Focus Verse: Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies;
don’t be the great somebody
. Romans 12:16

We are made for community. None of us were created to be loners, even though that is how many of us ended up. We were born to share with others, care for others and take care of others.

A large part of the recovery process is learning to get along with others. Hebrews 10:24-25 says “Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on.”

Attending meetings and sharing in meetings is an important part of recovery process. Both for our benefit and for the benefit of encouraging others, who may have been brought into meetings to hear what we have got to say.

  • Are you attending meetings regularly?
    Or do you make excuses to avoid them?

Prayer: God help me to get up and go to meetings,
even if I don’t want to.

Develop healthy community


James 3:16-18 Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others ‘throats. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two- faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

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