Grace and Community

I had to learn what everyone who has ever overcome a bad habit has to learn, namely, that you cannot correct your life by willpower alone; you need grace and community.

— Unknown--from the book "Sacred Fire" —


The opening quote reminded me of the fact that on this day, thirty-six years ago, I received my three-month sobriety token at an AA meeting.

Three months is a long time to keep a deadly habit in check.

I held that token close to me as I traversed through my first sober holiday season in ten years.

Holidays are tough for those in early sobriety.

A big reason I survived that initial holiday season was because of grace and community.

During November, December, and January of 1987-88, I spent a couple hundred hours in AA meetings surrounded by a community of people who infused energy into me by giving me love, grace, and guidance.


Bad habits arising from our struggles with lust, sloth, gluttony, greed, pride, anger, and envy (the seven deadly sins) rob us of our spiritual, mental, and physical energy.

There is no better way to overcome our energy-draining habits than hanging out with a community of people who’ve conquered them…the grace is free, and the guidance is priceless.


Which sin(s) drain(s) you of your energy?

Who can you hang out with to receive the grace and wisdom you need to overcome them?

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”


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