“When we get interested in spirituality, few of us have any intention of getting carried away with it. We don’t consider ourselves holy. We want simply to make use of the power we have learned is available to us for the asking. But once embarked on this spiritual journey, we find that something is required of us. The love, the peace, and the joy that come to us —we have to pass on.”
– “In God’s Care*: Daily Meditations on Spirituality in Recovery,” March 19
*As We Understand God
The above passage has been true for me. I got into recovery seeking help with my eating disorder. That help came through in the form of the Twelve Steps, which included finding a Power greater than myself and being involved in the fellowship. Hence, I embarked—more like was thrust (happily)—onto my conscious spiritual journey.
At that time, I had barely even heard the word ‘spirituality’ and surely did not see myself as holy nor expected my life to change in all areas except hopefully in the food department. Yet, with God as my focal point, a guide in to how to live (Twelve Steps), and supportive folks, my psyche, and therefore my life, was wonderfully transformed. I just naturally wanted to pass on the love, the peace, and the joy that had come to me. I wanted everyone to experience the rich life that I came to have. I also needed to pass it on, as part of Step Twelve to carry the message to others in the same predicament, and to keep the organization thriving so it would continue to be there for myself and others.
The love, the peace, and the joy that came to me: I am so delighted and grateful to pass it on. Thank You, Spirit!