Maintenance Steps – Much more Than That

September 16, 2019, By: Dana Cramer

“I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6

The last 3 steps of recovery have been described by some as maintenance steps; they are much more than that. In CR, we have eight principles that oversee the twelve steps of recovery. Principle 7 combines Steps 10-11:  “Reserve a daily quiet time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.” The reality in CR is that we spend the first nine months in our 12-step groups working through and experiencing the first nine steps. We go slowly to allow time for God to work in us and we are thorough. Steps 10 and 11 really are the first nine steps rolled into a daily action plan for growth. We are asked to work these steps daily; a daily inventory and daily prayer, meditation and bible study.

Principle 8: “Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words”—Step 12: “Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Through this process we are met by people in recovery who share their experience, strength and hope with us. They walk along side us as we grow in faith and learn to trust God and others. This is the legacy of recovery, one person helping another. It is the lesson Jesus taught his disciples when he said “I did not come to be served, but to serve.”

“And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow: do as I have done to you.”
John 13:14-15

You can give without loving because you feel you have to. You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Let Go and Let God.

Celebrate what is found—recover what was lost.

Make this week a great week (one day at a time). Do your part and trust God do the rest.

Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church


Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
September 16-22, 2019

Friday, September 20: Lesson Night

  • 6pm: Join us for dessert and fellowship prior to our large group meeting.
  • 6:30pm: Please join us for an hour of worship and a recovery message.
  • 7:30pm: Open Share Groups.
  • 8:30pm: Solid Rock Café.