Step 12: Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Simply walking through the doors of a Christ-centered recovery group can be a spiritual experience. We come into contact with brokenness and pain. We see lives devastated by addiction and vain attempts at leading a life of self-reliance and control. And, we ourselves were driven into recovery as our own lives became unmanageable and insane. It’s here in all this brokenness that we experience the true power of Christ. His power is made evident in our weakness.
In recovery, we begin to understand that our struggles and pain are an important part of having a spiritual experience. We realize that it’s not the mountaintop times that make a spiritual experience. We do have those mountaintop moments, but a spiritual experience comes when we realize our powerlessness and brokenness and that we desperately need Christ in our lives. When we get to step 12 and understand the true nature of having a spiritual experience, we see that having had a spiritual experience takes us right back to the first step. So, we see that the 12 steps are circular in that the 12th step leads back to the 1st.
Recovery is a process of many spiritual experiences. We are peeling back the layers of an onion. Layer by layer we are exposing ourselves to the sunlight of the Holy Spirit. Each new day in recovery brings us closer to Christ and His plan for our lives. In recovery, our lives are becoming a spiritual experience and not just moments of having spiritual experiences.
Written by Jackell