I have been to over 150 meetings over the past 19 months. Between my core group meetings, my step group meetings and a few other group meeting to find the right program for me.
Going to meetings is a BIG commitment. Commitment of time and of working your program. Committing to yourself.
The format for my core meeting is we have dinner. This allows time to fellowship and meet with your sponsor or accountability partner. And for those who don’t have time to run home to eat, it’s perfect. 30 minutes of worship music is next. Followed by 30 minutes of either a lesson or a testimony. And then gender based share groups and that can be an hour.
It’s amazing to me that no matter what is heavy on my mind and heart, I always hear the right thing, I always have the right conversation, I always learn something.
There have been times I have missed a meeting, not very many but I have missed a meeting for good reasons like my sons birthday or school program but there have also been a few nights that I just didn’t want to go. And on some of those nights I’ve gone anyway and am so glad I did. And there was one or two nights that I didn’t go and I wish I had. I know that if I don’t want to go, that’s the night that I need to go.
When you feel bad, you need a meeting!
And there have been lots of nights, I can’t wait to go and hang out with my recovery family. A couple of weeks ago, we had a few new comers and had scheduled a video testimony. I approached the program coordinator and asked if I could speak. And of course she said yes. That I felt it was important to have a person and not a video for the new comers. I felt called to volunteer. I was feeling really good that night. And I am grateful that I did volunteer.
When you feel good, the meeting needs you!!!
It’s really important for those who have recovery to keep coming to meetings. It’s important because…..
- It gives hope to others who are just starting on the road of recovery to see your success in the program.
- It keeps you working your program because……If you are not working your program, you are working on your relapse.
- The person who stops coming to meeting doesn’t get to hear about the person that stopped coming to meeting.
It’s the PEOPLE that are attending meetings, volunteering to help set up, to make coffee, to speak, to clean up, those who listen and sharing with others is why programs like mine Celebrate Recovery are successful.
Recovery people don’t just show up, THEY SHOW UP and live out step 12.
So proud to be part of a recovery family.
My journey continues….
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