The One-A-Day Challenge

One of the keys to recovery is the ability to Reach Out and get support from others.

We should reach out -- by phone, text, or in person -- to those who can empathize with what we are experiencing and who can give us support and pray for us -- and that's usually other guys in our 12 Step Program.

We should reach out when we are feeling
  • Triggered
  • Tempted
  • Anxious
  • Scared
  • Angry
  • Lonely
  • Bored
or any other negative emotion which might lead to relapse or acting out.

Reaching Out actually works!

When we are feeling any negative emotion it adds air to our "relapse balloon."  And if we do nothing, that balloon will eventually burst and we crash.

But when we Reach Out we are letting air out of our balloon. 

Just by sharing our emotions and fears with someone else who understands and will pray for us, is a huge step in recovery.  

We are also showing the Lord that we can be humble and that we know we can't do it by ourselves.

But that is not why I'm writing this post.

There is another purpose to Reaching Out, and that is to be a support to someone else, especially when they have not asked for it.

When we call or text someone else and even just say "Hi, I was thinking about you," here is what they hear:
  • I am important
  • I am accepted
  • I am loved
  • I have a friend who understands
  • I have someone I can contact if I need help
  • I am not alone
I think you get my point.  It's all positive!!!

So here is my challenge to you.  No matter how your day is going, I challenge you to reach out at least one other person and let them know you care about them.

Just One-A-Day, that's all I ask.  If you are willing to do that, I promise you great blessings!  

And I have a hunch that after you reach out to just one person, you'll have the desire to do the same for another.  It just seems to work that way.

But my challenge is for just one person a day -- even if you are struggling yourself that same day -- especially if you are struggling -- you need to get outside yourself and serve someone else -- and this is a way to do that.

I can testify, with all my heart, that this works for me -- and so it will work for you!

And please remember:

"When you Reach Out, you bless TWO lives!"

That's not scripture -- but it should be. :)

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