“Came to believe”: The three most beautiful words in our language. – Anonymous
“Came to believe” had become a magical phrase for many of us. It is indeed beautiful. What did we come to believe? That a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. And it has happened in so many lives that it is a tenet of our program. The lost have come home; we’ve been restored.”
– “In God’s Care*: Daily Meditations on Spirituality in Recovery,” March 1
*As We Understand God
I too “came to believe” thanks to the 12 Step philosophy. And it was more than just coming to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity regarding my eating disorder, although that was huge for sure. In addition to being restored to my right mind, I came to believe in Spirit, no small feat for a long-time, analytical, logical, devout atheist.
I came to believe that I wasn’t alone in the world, in life, that I had this loving Divine Presence in my life, along with people who could actually understand me and truly care about me. I came to believe that it was okay to ask for help, that being of service was crucial for my recovery and my soul, that life could be filled with meaning and purpose. I came to believe that I could be happy, joyous, and free and not have to pick up my drug of choice. I came to believe in a different perspective about people, the world, and life.
Coming to believe in a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity was just the beginning, 30+ years ago. I am beyond grateful!