Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #216 Awakening… http://www.dennymeyer.me
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to everyone, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The final step is practice. Putting into practice what we learn is always the most important step of personal and spiritual growth. Let’s just assume that you, as the reader, realize your personal addiction is a selfish rebellion against God and your desire to be completely self sufficient. What will you do? Will you go back over these steps quietly and personally? Will you practice these steps within the context of your church or a spiritual group that you are associated? Will you share this information with others? I liken it to the shepherds or Magi in the Christmas story – having witnesses this amazing event they begin to share it with others. The news spills over into their life.
There is a disease in our country. If you can not see it you are not looking. We are a violent culture – from road rage to video games. I’m not going to blame anyone – I’m just going to point to the “original sin” – the sense of being self contained – the lack of humility – the belief that our political, religious, and emotional perspective is the only right way to view things and if others don’t conform they don’t fit into our reality. That our truth is better than other’s truth. What is our spiritual or moral foundation? Guns have become an extension of our fears. They are often weapons against change more than protection, constitutional liberty, or shooting for our own food. I look to Jesus as a pacifist and see how he did not pick up weapons against the Romans or the Jewish authorities but earned the title of “Prince of Peace.”
It is in the humble vulnerable child of the manger that we see the meaning of Christmas and Christianity. It is that vulnerability that will change our own life. When we see the need to change – when we work towards the things which make for peace – we move toward healing and recovery. We will be recovering sinners our whole life. More government and more laws will come – people will think that there is a magic pill in political will – but the answer is in your Creator and in you.