HOW it Works!

The Bible is pretty clear about just how powerless we all are to do right things in our own strength. If I am going to be of much use in God’s Kingdom today, I must stay connected to Him and remain open to following His plan for me.

The best way I know to do this is Honest, Open and Willing (HOW). That means being Honest with God about where I really am today; Open to what I think He is saying to me through circumstances today; and Willing to attempt to step out and do what I think He wants me to do next.

The concept comes from a quote in Chapter 4 of Narcotics Anonymous:

There is one thing more than anything else that will defeat us in our recovery; this is an attitude of indifference or intolerance toward spiritual principles. Three of these that are indispensable are honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. With these we are well on our way.

It should be noted that these same three spiritual principles are the basis of the first three steps of the 12 Steps. Step 1 focuses on Honesty – that is seeing myself as I really am; Step 2 focuses on Open-mindedness – that is seeing God as He really is; Step 3 focuses on Willingness – choosing to let Him do in my life what I can’t, but He can.

So, these spiritual principles are the same starting concepts (Steps 1-3) for recovery from drugs and alcohol. While I don’t have a chemical addiction background, myself, I apply them in my everyday spiritual walk. They’re Biblical – and that’s why they work so powerfully.

We all need the same basic help every day. And it’s as simple as HOW – Honest, Open and Willing.