August 24

Vigilance:  Part IV

Be prompt to admit your faults

      During the first few months of recovery, a wise member of  the 12 Step group of which I was a member would remind me on a regular basis:  “Learn to tell the truth, and tell it quickly.”  This is not an easy vow to fulfill, and I had difficulty following his advice.  Never the less, it has proven to be a necessary part of my recovery regime for three reasons: 

  • Humility
  • Shame
  • Spiritual health

Humility   Surrender doesn’t happen just once; letting go is a daily exercise.  Your decision to “let go and let God” happens moment by moment.  Your will and your life – what you think and how you act – fall under the scrutiny of the Spirit of God.  And it requires your humble willingness to continually hand over your attachments and addictions to Someone greater than yourself.  Telling the truth keeps you in the ‘humble zone.’

 Shame   Giving up perfection is not easy for an addict – anyone who is shame-based.  Willingness to face your imperfections and accept your powerlessness is a daily challenge.  But it’s the only way out of the labyrinth of lies that has kept you walking is circles.  Dealing with shame is an effective way to unlock the chains of addiction and telling the truth is the best way to counter the destructiveness of shame. 

Spiritual health   Without honesty and truth you will have no relationship with God.  Withholding information from God (as if that’s possible!) will only increase the distance between you and your Higher Power.  In order to stay close to God and have access to the power of the Spirit, you must “tell it like it is.”  Telling the truth is foundational to your spiritual health.