by Bill Peters, Ministry Leader
Principle 1 of the Road to Recovery – Realize I’m not God: I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3
Step 1 of the 12 Christ-centered steps – We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
We are not a large Celebrate Recovery ministry at North Boulevard Church of Christ as we only began meeting about 16 months ago. By the prayerful support of our church leadership, we meet at the teen center called the “Filling Station” and have opportunity to fill many more seats. Our continual prayer is that more might recognize their need, then come and receive recovery healing and hope. Our focus is not be the largest celebrate recovery in number but to be God’s Celebrate Recovery in spirit, truth and love. We want to be honest about our need for the Lord and we want to be a safe place for all to come to seek the Road to Recovery outlined in the Beatitudes of Christ and the twelve Christ-centered steps. We want all to face their hurts, habits and hangups and know they have brothers and sisters in Christ that will not “fix them” but will walk along side as they let God help them.
So how does one signify that they want to get on and stay on the “Road to Recovery”? This is a question we try to answer each Monday night at our large group meeting from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. To signify that one wants to get on the road and stay on the road we offer the “Blue Chip”. It is one of the most important chips we award at Celebrate Recovery at our “Sobriety Chip Celebration”. It honors no particular sobriety date at all. It’s our most common token of recognition. It should not be received lightly because it signifies a commitment to follow the plan of Christ to take control of one’s life. Taking a blue chip can signify any number of positive steps, including a commitment to tackle a new life issue, a return to recovery after a fall, a determination to do the right thing knowing a particular challenge is coming up, or our first admission that we need God to handle our hurts, habits or hang-ups. So here is a sample of the script that our leader might give and you might hear if you come to our meeting on Monday night as we begin “giving out the chips”.
“How to Give Away the Blue Chip at Celebrate Recovery”
One of the most important chips we award at our “Sobriety Chip Celebration” honors no particular sobriety date at all. It’s the blue chip, our most common token of recognition. Taking a blue chip can signify any number of positive steps, including a commitment to tackle a new life issue, a return to recovery after a fall, a determination to do the right thing knowing a particular challenge is coming up, or our first admission that we need God to handle our hurts, habits or hang-ups. So tonight we welcome all of you to celebrate recovery with us by examining your life to see your need to come and receive the blue chip.
First of all, if this is your first admission that you need God to handle your hurts, habits and hangups then please come up and obtain a blue chip. You could be a newcomer tonight or you may have been coming for awhile. It makes no difference. Do not be fearful to come as God has a plan for you to deal with your life issues and we want to acknowledge your faith and willingness to trust Him by joining us on the road to recovery.
Secondly, if you have been on the path of the road to recovery for awhile and you are recognizing that you have a new life issue that you want the Lord to help you to tackle, then please come up and obtain a blue chip. This could be something that you have recognized in your step study or as you have reviewed and updated your spiritual inventory. Please come so we can celebrate recovery with you as you face this new hurt, habit or hangup.
Thirdly, if you have an upcoming challenge in life which might endanger your recovery without the Lord’s help then please come and obtain a blue chip. This could be an encounter with someone in which you need to make amends or someone whom you need to forgive. This could be a situation which might draw you into temptation to relapse from your recovery. Please come and get a blue chip as we celebrate your willingness to admit your need to give it to Jesus Christ and His power and strength.
Fourthly, if you have had a fall from recovery, we want you to come and admit your slip as a simple way of confession. By coming and receiving this blue chip indicates your desire to get back on the path of the Christ-centered road to recovery and the twelve steps. You should know that each of us slip from time to time and we want to celebrate recovery of God’s grace and power to help you back on the path of healing and hope.