For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8

What are we leaving behind for the next generation of people who enter recovery? None of us are going to be around forever. There’s going to be a time when something changes and we have to leave our recovery groups. People move, get illnesses, jobs change and make it difficult for us to continue to be on leadership, and yes, we move on to spend eternity with Christ.

The 12th step is all about spreading the good news of recovery through Christ. It’s also about pouring into others and growing new leaders. When we look back to when we first came into recovery, we remember the men and women who were strong leaders. We remember when they poured into us, spending time and energy helping us to grow and mature in our recovery journey. These folks were modeling how to work the 12th step. Obviously, their efforts paid off. We are the fruit on their labors.

Now it’s our turns to model being leaders in Christian recovery. We are building up a legacy by being intentional and focused on pouring into others who will soon advance into the roles of leaders. Our recovery groups will eventually die if we don’t actively grow people into being servant leaders. Our legacy is shown in how a group and its leaders move on, long after we are gone.

Written by Jackell.


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Father God, Help me to be a leader who models the qualities of a leader and, through the Holy Spirit, grows others to be awesome leaders in their recovery. Help me to grow an army of leaders who will ensure that my recovery group will continue to exist and thrive, long after I am gone. It’s in Your Son’s name that I pray. Amen.

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