I was in a chip meeting where a man was getting his twenty-four-year chip. He had been a beer drinker like I was. My drug of choice was Corona. His was Dos Equis XX.
The chip person was looking for the chip with the Roman numeral for TWENTY FOUR and asked, “what am I looking for?”
And the guy getting the chip said, “You’re looking for a Dos Equis IV— two XXs and an IV—or at least that was what I was looking for when drinking!”
The room busted out in laughter. It was funny, yet not. A IV of beer. He had accumulated Twenty Four years, one day at a time and had overcome his need for a Dos Equis IV!
I don’t need the IV of beer anymore. Now, my drug of choice is you. Being in a meeting with you and hearing what God has to tell me. When you open your mouth and share, I get to hear from God. A direct IV to God. So, please don’t stop coming to meetings and talking because I need you.
It is the high I seek now in sobriety.
There’s a reason we say at the end of meeting, “Keep coming back, it works.” It may not be working for you yet, but it’s working for the other person to hear you or see you in your seat. It’s one way of being of service, just to show up and take our seat. The other person may be looking for your face just for reassurance that day. I know I did. You have to stay in your seat long enough for it to work.
Hope to see you there. I need you.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.”
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