Linus, of Peanuts fame, had it right when he said, “Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”
I have a ten-speed bike. I like to ride the neighborhood for a little exercise. But after using the bike for a couple of years, I’m thinking about going back to Walmart for a partial refund. I have never used eight of the ten speeds, so why should I have to pay for them?
Many of us fail in recovery simply because we don’t use all the “speeds” God has given us. We fail to take advantage of a sponsor, an extra meeting, or a new recovery book every now and then. Because we only do recovery in first speed, we can’t get over the hill in front of us. As a result, we go backwards, or even fall.
The answer is not to go around the hill. The answer is to kick our recovery into the next gear.
Recovery Step: When we take our recovery up a gear, God will do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).