5 Days From the Celebrate Recovery Devotional

Day 3 of 5 • This day’s reading


What Makes It Work?

Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” That’s a big reason why Celebrate Recovery works. The program acknowledges that just listening—tell me and I forget—isn’t enough. Even remembering—teach me and I remember—won’t do the trick. The only way to be successful is by doing—involve me and I learn.

We all begin at the same place: acknowledging that we are completely dependent on God’s power, surrendered to his will, and committed to working the program’s principles and steps. Once we’ve learned how to break free from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits, we must get involved and start giving back what we have learned by helping others.

As stated in Step 8, we are to yield ourselves to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by our example and our words. Step 12 requires that once we have had a spiritual experience as a result of taking the program’s steps, we are to carry that message to others and practice those principles in all our affairs.

Healing and wholeness are more than a state of being. They are also a state of doing as we constantly renew our commitment and demonstrate our thankfulness by giving to others.


Heavenly Father, help me once again to acknowledge my dependence on you and confirm that commitment by sharing it with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.