Friday, February 19, 2010
I remember learning that "fellowship" was the act of people worshipping God together. That God wanted you to participate in fellowship, he had made people for each other. One of the great things about AA is that the core of the program is fellowship. For some people it's the only fellowship they get. It's not uncommon for people to attend 2 or 3 meetings a day. Sometimes they come by the club to hang out and play cards, or cribbage. It's really a simple concept. People need people. Yet without this simple concept the program can work, it just doesn't have all the benefits. Sometimes when I walk into a meeting, I'm frazzled. Work has been crazy, I shuttled the kids to ten different places, I'm tired, hungry, and hitting a low. But just walking through the door brings, hellos, hugs, and acceptance. Isn't that one of the most important things in life? Total acceptance and being made to feel that you are important?! After an hour of sharing, laughing, sometimes crying, you are refocused, aligned, ready to finish your day with a new perspective. There is an unwritten rule that everybody who walks through the AA doors agrees upon: "If you feel like drinking, either get yourself to a meeting, or pick up the phone and call someone". God created other people for strength, for support, for laughter, for tears, for survival. Take a look at the people you share fellowship with and count them among your greatest blessings. Because they are!