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January 30 – Giving it away

“We must give freely and gratefully that which has been freely and gratefully given to us.”

Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text p. 49

In recovery, we receive many gifts.  Perhaps one of the greatest of these gifts is the spiritual awakening that begins when we stop using, growing stronger each day we apply the steps in our lives.  The new spark of life within is a direct result of our new relationship with a Higher Power, a relationship initiated and developed by living the Twelve Steps.  Slowly, as we pursue our program, the radiance of recovery dispels the darkness of our disease.

One of the ways we express our gratitude for the gifts of recovery is to help others find what we’ve found.  We can do this in any number of ways: by sharing in meetings, making Twelfth Step calls, accepting a commitment to sponsorship, or volunteering for H&I or phoneline duty.  The spiritual life given to us in recovery asks for expression, for “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.”

In an attitude of surrender and humility, we approach this step again and again to receive the gift of knowledge and strength from the God of our understanding. The Tenth Step clears away the errors of the present so we may work the Eleventh Step. Without this step, it is unlikely that we could experience a spiritual awakening, practice spiritual principles in our lives or carry a sufficient message to attract others to recovery. There is a spiritual principle of giving away what we have been given in Narcotics Anonymous in order to keep it. By helping others to stay clean, we enjoy the benefit of the spiritual wealth that we have found. We must give freely and gratefully that which has been freely and gratefully given to us.

Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text p. 49

Just for today:  The gift of recovery grows when I share it.  I will find someone with whom to share it.

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Paul T
Learning to live life again and recovering from addiction

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