So what now?

thSo we’ve been through all twelve steps; what do we do now? Go through them again.

Did you ever wonder why the steps are all in the past tense? (We admitted … Came to believe … Made a decision … Were entirely ready … etc.) I did. I wondered about it a lot until just now, because just now I finally got it. The steps are in the past tense because that’s the way most everyone will experience them most of the time. You’ll be doing them again much more than you will be doing them. Doing them is nothing. Doing them again, and again, and again, is what it’s all about. So we remind ourselves of what we did, and in reminding ourselves, we do them again. It makes perfect sense.

And you can start anywhere. There is no order. Once you have gotten familiar with them, you can jump in anywhere you need help. And that’s what the twelve steps are, by the way: they are help. They are a means by which we get God in our life. And if He’s already there, they are a means by which we get more of Him and give over more of ourselves to Him. You can’t lose because you’ve already lost. You can’t go lower because you already hit bottom. It’s all up from here.

So remember what we did? In case you forgot, here it is again:

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Have you done all this? Excellent. Now do it again!

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5 Responses to So what now?

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Another excellent Catch! Thx Pastor John
    PS and TY too my brother Jesus 4 your comments, appreciate them & u! 🙂 ❤

  2. peter leenheer says:

    Doing things from the heart, God’s way means relentless practice. I am up for it!!! Does it get tedious? Yes! Does it get boring? Yes! Do I feel like quitting? Yes!! Do I need to drag myself back to begin again? Yes, many times. Is tenacity required? Yes!! Do I need help with that? Yes!!
    Trusted friends, prayer and constant resolve….blind, unquestioning obedience.

    Obedience to God was described to me once this way….It is like jumping off a bottomless cliff at God’s command. You appear to have fallen into nothingness. Now, relax and enjoy the fall. God’s promise is that everything will be all right. Now that is tough!!!!!

  3. Jesus Aguilar says:

    Good morning Jesus Aguilar alcoholic.
    The Twelve step is the end?
    Definitely not! – The Twelve step is the culmination of our walk with God, the beginning of a new life,
    lived under the principles, and our next function is to grow in effectiveness and understanding on how to pass on to others what so freely was passed on to us.
    Our eyes turn outward, looking for the new-comer on need of help. Then we offer to take them through the steps and we start over again. The work never ends and I am thankful for this.
    “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24
    Jesus Aguilar. God blessings for all

  4. John A Fagliano says:

    Also, they are in past tense because they are the testimony to be told. They are the “this message” of step 12. They are the answer to the question, “How did you do it?” ” You were hopelessly lost in addiction, but now you’re like a new person. What did you guys do in AA?”

    The pronouns are all “we, us, our” because it’s not done alone. Just like the Lord’s prayer, it’s about us, not me.

  5. Jesus Aguilar says:

    Yes brother John it is a “WE” program.We were the little self, now we are the “I AM” saved by the Grace of a Loving God the Father of our LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Thanks be to God

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