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my life is a step. 1 Peter 2:21 has the Apostle Peter writing, ‘To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.’

I have had life long trouble following in Jesus’ steps. I have slipped and fallen. Slept and cried. Sat and not moved. Stayed in bitterness and remorse. I have remained still.

I believe in the 12 Steps; in Jesus’ steps. I believe Dr Bob and Bill W knew this verse from a Peter, a man who tired to follow in Jesus’ steps but denied and betrayed him. A man who fell as he walked on water and looked down and not at Jesus. Peter relapsed often.

But, he rose, got up and took a step.

The 12 steps is all about that first step: I step into his control, his live, his steps.

One by one.

10, promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.

  1. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
  2. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
  3. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
  4. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
  5. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
  6. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
  7. Self-seeking will slip away.
  8. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
  9. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
  10. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
  11. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves
    Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
    Alcoholics Anonymous p83-84
    Reprinted from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with permission of A.A.

Psalm 70, a prayer of David, to his Higher power opens,

“Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!” There is an desperate cry, plea here. AA knows our Higher Power can come quickly, and also slowly. But the sealing prayer at the end of these 12 promises is, he comes.

Do the steps faithfully, and he comes.