Yes, it may be ‘Survival of the Fittest’…..but it’s also being smart, clever, sneaky, and most of all…….Trusting & Faithful….More like dogs than foxes!!!
Fake It (Faith it) Till You Make It!
The recovery phrase “fake it till you make it” keeps bouncing around in my head from recovery literature and meetings. I know exactly what this refers to, and practicing this phrase has helped me in my recovery, but I struggle with the language of the phrase. It reminds me of a time when I did just “fake it” without “making it” as I isolated myself, using, misusing, and abusing my drug of choice.
The phrase “Build the form and let your Higher Power fill it” is a better fit for me. It is a phrase that has moved beyond “wet cement” and into the concrete phase, to continue the metaphor of sidewalk construction. When I was directly involved with building a large church, I spent many days watching the workers create new sidewalks by first building two-by-four frames, then waiting for the cement truck to come and fill those forms. This is a helpful analogy for me in daily living.
I know I am powerless. In my understanding, this means I can only build the form, believing that my powerful Higher-Power-Cement-Truck will come and fill it, even though that process can take a long time. I can “faith it till I make it.” I read recently about a European country that is building a whole set of railroad tracks over the Alps, even though it could be years, if ever, before train service even comes to that area. They built it in faith, believing it would come, not unlike the faith of Ray Kinsella in the movie Field of Dreams who heard the haunting voice say, “If you build it, he will come!” He built it and his father came. There was deep healing in their relationship.
I am building it. My Higher Power comes daily, often through other people, and fills the form. Very often it is a completely different result than I expected. It’s like the chorus of the song, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need.” What I have received is so much more than what I have needed.
In recovery, I have been given power, strength, energy, enthusiasm and peace as a result of the twelve-step program, living out the 12 Promises* in my life. If I did not have that “spiritual cement truck” to fill the forms I build daily, I believe there would be nothing of lasting or eternal value.
Peace and hope as we are empowered to build
the form, remembering that “Faith is the substance
of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
~ Hebrews 11:1 ~
The Spiritual Steps of the Program – 2,3,11
I am born alone. I die alone. I spend my life drawing near to others so I will not be alone, yet catching glimpses of the DIVINE that lives in and through me, helping me believe I am never alone…
Can this be true?