“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14
When you examine the 12 steps of recovery there is one word you will not find. It is the simplest of words to spell, but by its very nature it is most complex. That word is I. There is no I in the 12 steps, there is no I in WE. You see, by their very nature the 12 steps of recovery are community oriented, the word WE appears 15 times in the steps.
With that said, recovery is a personal journey that can only be lived out in relationship, our relationship with God and with each other. It’s personal because we have to walk our own journey, no one can do recovery for you. Each of us is responsible for our individual recovery. Now here is the critical part, you don’t and shouldn’t walk it alone. Many people have walked alongside me sharing their experience, strength and hope. It has been that way from the beginning of my recovery and continues today; that is the 12-Step way. For recovery to happen, you have to get off the bench and get in the game.
The most important realization that many of us learn in CR is that there is one true God and it is not us. To love your neighbor as yourself requires that you have a healthy sense of self. The transformation of life being all about me to being more about you is only possible by having a 1-on-1 relationship with Jesus: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” I’m not a theologian nor do I have mastery over scripture, but what I do know is that God is love. And if he is love and I have a growing relationship with him through Jesus, then loving others is not only possible it is a reality.
I love the CR community and my church. Our churches have many wonderful ministry communities that offer valuable services and programs to our congregations. When we bring all our communities together, our church becomes a living breathing organism that is inclusive rather than exclusive. WE all have an opportunity to grow in Christ; WE are all working together for the glory of God.
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
April 16-23, 2018
Friday, April 20: Teaching Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for dinner and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and a lesson of Step 7 from Jimmy: “Victory.”
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Sold Rock Café.
- A new Men’s Chemical Addiction 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland in Room 138. For more details, contact [email protected].
- A new Men’s Mixed Issue 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland Conference Room. For more details, contact [email protected].
- April 27, 2018: CR 14 Year Anniversary Celebration!