One year, Joe DiMaggio missed much of the season with a minor injury. He saw this as a good opportunity to sit with his son, Joe, Jr., at a ballgame. So one day, rather than sit in the dugout, DiMaggio wore dark glasses and a ball cap, while sitting with his son in the stands of a Yankees game.
It worked. Even the fan sitting in the very next seat failed to recognize the legendary Yankee.
One day, Jesus asked one of his disciples an unexpected question. “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known me, Philip?” (John 14:9).
Lesson: Proximity does not equal relationship.
You can be close to Jesus and not know Jesus. The same is true of recovery. You can go to meetings, work with a sponsor, and work the steps – and not be in recovery.
Recovery is about what is going on in you, not near you.
Recovery Step: To find success in life and recovery, you must learn to recognize Jesus, and not just be near him. That alone won’t guarantee your sobriety, but it is a really good start.