Principle III: Rightly Tell My Recovery Story
I turn my past and present over to God to complete my future life’s work.
The calling some have after going sober is to tell their story to hopefully help others in their sobriety.Â Some feel a calling to remain anonymous and not share their struggle. Others are called anywhere in between. Regardless of if someone had a calling to share their recovery story publicly, it includes more than just talking about your sobriety. It also includes how you conduct and carry yourself every single day.
Jesus answered, âI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
I don’t like the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” We can demonstrate ourselves by speaking and acting just the same. In recovery we can share stories, as well as go to work sober, or stay at home out of harms way, etc. Everything we do we are telling our recovery story. Just like we wouldn’t misconstrue the Word, we shouldn’t fudge our recovery stories by behaving in a way that is contradictory either.
As Christians we are taught, and learn, to carry ourselves in a way that represents Christ. As alcoholics, I think we should do the same. We should be the embodiment of health and safety and sobriety. All to many times have I seen someone who says they are sober from alcohol but partake in recreational drug use. I have also seen way more often, people who either condone or ignore inappropriate or risky behavior of people under the influence ie; allowing someone to drive drunk, not talking to someone who may have a problem with alcohol, buying alcohol for people, etc.
If we can get sober, we can also work towards being better representations of sobriety. If we can accept that we had a problem, we can also accept God in our lives and better represent Christ.