Friday, January 13, 2012

Meetings

My name is Charlie, and I'm a compulsive overeater.

::Hi, Charlie!::

I am so grateful for meetings. I finally got my ass back to a meeting yesterday. I was warmly greeted by two good OA friends and one newcomer. I forget how desperately I need the tools of this program. Why do I keep forgetting?

I'm a compulsive overeater. I need a program of recovery. I need to use the tools. I need meetings.

I'm heading out to another meeting in a little bit. This one is a Christian recovery program based on the 12 Steps and also incorporating Christian teaching, mostly based around Jesus's Sermon on the Mount. It's called "Celebrate Recovery." I went last Friday night and really enjoyed it. Tonight I'll get into a small group. I'm excited because they have one specifically for pastors. I need that.

One of the interesting things they do is use the entire serenity prayer, as written in the 50s by Reinhold Niebuhr:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference, living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it, trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

3 comments:

noelle b said...

Hi,

I also struggle with overeating. Due to health issues I have a very strict diet I have to follow and this leads to 'being good" and then eating way to much of bad stuff or stuffing myself on the food I am allowed to eat to prevent me from eating food that is not good for me. Either way food is much of my life...
I am looking for help...what would u suggest I do?
God bless,
Noelle B.

G. Rabanon said...

Charlie,

Meetings. Meetings meetings meetings meetings. Meetings meetings. Meetings. This is a disease of isolation, no one knows that better than I do. We've got to go to meetings, it's the only way. That and working the steps, both things I really need to work on doing better at too.

And I think you and I need to talk more. I'll call sometime tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Until now, i didn't realize there was more to the serenity prayer. It's beautiful in its entirety. thank you.