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Fear And Faith

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    NA tells us that the concept of a Higher Power is up to us – we can call it God, the Program or the Fellowship. The only suggested guideline is that this power be loving, caring and greater than ourselves. NA also teaches us that God/Higher Power will not do everything for us…just as we are responsible for our recovery, we’re also responsible for our solutions.

    Although I choose to call my Higher Power God, my choice of this concept has little to do with the Bible or Christianity.



    I’m so glad that my concept of faith has nothing to do with the religion of my birth. What a relief it was for me to come to the conclusion that there is no one ‘right’ way.
    Here are some questions I had for my first sponsor:
    You mean I don’t have to be religious to believe in God?
    You mean I can pray in my own words, any words?
    You mean I can even pray in English?
    The path I was once on (pre-program) looks narrow and difficult for me today.
    I call my HP God
    Thank you NA 🙂



    Hey everyone. I am on Step Two. I finished writing on Step Two like a month and a half ago and have been internalizing the spiritual principles (living the program) of Step Two. Step Two allowed me to begin to realize the power my Higher Power has to assistme in my recovery process and in my attempt to live life on life’s terms. I used the term assist here not to imply superiority over my Higher Power, but to stress the idea that Gmoney hit on, which was that I cannot just sit back and let God take care of everything. I am responsible for my recovery and this requires me to take action and do the next right thing for the next right reason. In recovery, I am guided by my Higher Power, which I view as loving and caring; what a difference from being controlled by an evil, destructive power. Lastly, I wanted to share my favorite quote from Step Two in the IWHW: “ALong with the hope we derive from working Step Two, we find that our way of thinking is undergoing a radical change. The whole world looks different. Where before we had no reason to hope, we now have every reason to expect a dramatic difference in our lives. By being open-minded, we’ve opened ourselves to new ideas. We’ve stepped away from the problem and toward a spiritual solution.” (pg.25)


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