All is All, All Means

Last night, I did something I vowed to myself I’d never do again: meet with a group of women outside a Celebrate Recovery environment.

Why did I make such a *vow* to myself?

Because for so long, it’s been difficult for me to trust myself with other women – particularly outside of the safer environment that CR provides.

But, Step 12 reminds us:
“Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.” (Biblical comparison: Galatians 6:1)

And this one small, three-lettered word captured my attention a few months ago: all.

All…our affairs.

All. And all means all, and all is all, all means.

Say that 10 times fast. 

In all seriousness, though; this is truth. It is reality.

To truly live a redeemed life, recovery from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups must be put into practice not only within the safer confines of a support group, but it must be put into practice in all areas of our lives.

Starting at home, with ourselves and our families; and stretching beyond that to our neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc.

The redeemed life places full trust in God that He is with us every step of the way through any and every interaction we make with other people – in a recovery environment as well as outside of it.

I’m so thankful I went last night because had I not – I wouldn’t have met not only a couple of women whom I’m excited to have met, and look forward to getting to know better. But I also wouldn’t have met a young lady who came out that I was able to connect with in a way that only God has orchestrated – for both of our benefits, to the glory of Christ!

The encouragement from this, my friends? Don’t give up before you experience your miracle. The very one God has in store for you.

Allow yourselves to be vulnerable, and trust that God is with you through every vulnerable, fear-feeling moment. He’s got you!