Judging

I have been in recovery for many years now and have been to many meetings. Speaker meetings are the ones that I love most because they are stories of sadness and heart ache to victory. A number of years ago I was at a meeting and was there earlier than usual to rub elbows with some friends and also newcomers. I spotted a guy thalooked like a trouble maker. Telling my buddies that it didn’t look like he would last very long in A.A.. The meeting was about to begin, so we all took our seats and the speaker walked up to the podium. It was the guy that I had judged. He had a remarkable story that touched my heart to the core. He had over 8 years of sobriety and had done well for himself. This guy ended up being my sponsor! We started a group together called the A.A. adventurers, and took whoever we could to meetings that were different and farther away. We can either pass judgement on others, or approach them with a loving heart. That person may be an angel in disguise.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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