Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Fellowship as a way of accessing power

'We commenced to make many fast friends and a fellowship has grown up among us of which it is a wonderful thing to feel a part.' ('Alcoholics Anonymous')

Running out of power is a common phenomenon in AA. You know precisely what to do to get and stay well but the required power isn't there.

There are two ways of moving the car forward. One way is to push it. Occasionally, that is enough to get the car started, but it's hard to push a car to Edinburgh when you're in Chipping Norton.

The other option is to connect your battery to that of another car. This is much more effective. In AA, this means hanging out with people who are operating an effective programme. You will find these people at step meetings and Big Book meetings. If you want what they have, and connect with them, you'll soon find power flowing through you.

God is the source of the power, but, as with a flat battery, sometimes one cannot activate that power on one's own and one needs to temporarily borrow that power from another.

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