I’ve learned a concept from the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text that addresses this issue very well and it’s become quite meaningful to me:
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. (Chapter 4 “How it Works”)
This quote suggests the key to recovery (and spirituality) is an attitude — our attitude toward spiritual principles. Three of these principles are noted to be indispensable: Honest, Open and Willing (my abbreviated version!).
• Honest — with God about how I really think and feel today
• Open — to what God is saying to me through people, places and things today
• Willing — to do what I understand to be the next right thing
The fact it, this starting principle for recovery from drugs and alcohol comes from the foundational Biblical principles for a daily spiritual walk.
So, thinking about all this, I created my own definition for spirituality:
We all need the same thing — every day. And I think it’s as simple as HOW – Honest, Open and Willing!
One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers