The 12th Step tells us to help others find recovery. Ben Franklin tells us how: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
In order to secure our own recovery, we must help others to secure theirs. We do that by example, not lectures. It is by walking beside those who are new to recovery that we offer our best. What they need is not our wisdom as much as our lives.
The psalmist said, “One generation shall commend your works to another” (Psalm 145:4).
In the days of the Old Testament, multiple generations of the same family lived together. No one ever moved out until they moved up. So grandpa instructed grandson by his personal example. And that is how recovery works.
Your task is to find someone who has less recovery than you. Then resist the temptation to tell them everything you know. Instead, walk beside them. Give them your life, not your great intellect.
Recovery Step: Walk beside someone new to recovery this week.