Tuesday Re-mix –
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we carry this message to other addicts and practice these principles in all our affairs.
[I am using these Tuesday Re-mixes for a few weeks to think (again) about addiction to self-reliance and how that addiction is one of the biggest challenges to genuine community which we face in the American church culture.]
There’s a story we tell in the support group ministry I help lead:
A guy is stuck in the bottom of a hole, with no hope of getting out on his own. The hole is just too deep. A businessman walks by and looks down in the hole. From the bottom, the guy yells, “Can you help me out? I’m stuck down here.” The businessman reaches into his pocket and finds a couple of dollar bills and drops them down into the hole and walks off. The guy in the hole just looks up, bewildered. Then a minister walks by and looks down into the hole. From the bottom, the guy yells up, “Can you help me? I’m stuck!” The minister yells back, “I’ll pray for you!” and walks off. The guy in the hole is quickly losing hope. Then another man walks up and looks down into the hole. Growing desperate now, the guy in the hole yells up, “Please! Don’t leave! I’m stuck and need help.” Upon hearing this, the guy up top puts down his things and jumps …