From the February 2013 magazine.

February 2013: That Big Green Thing

How a mysterious metal box helped him begin to believe

I came to AA with a lot of reluctance, in great part due to my fear of having to face the “God issue.” I had a spiritual and religious background from the days of my youth but, most disappointingly, it did not keep me from becoming alcoholic, or prevent the many “life bombs” I would experience over the years. However, I was so desperate to do something about my drinking problem, I simply figured I would cross that bridge when I got to it.

I listened primarily to people sharing how they had managed to stay sober in the beginning. There was talk of “God,” but I simply ignored it—or else it didn’t seem like a significant enough issue at the time. When I finally started working the Steps with my sponsor, I found I could no longer avoid the thing that has been the single solution to my problem: finding a power in my life bigger than me.

-- Joe K.

Waxahachie, , Texas

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