“But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” (Mark 5;36)

May 6th, 1954 was a special day in history. I wasn’t born yet, but what took place that day shaped my life, and it shapes yours too. You see, before that day, no one had broken the four-minute mile. It was believed that the human body wasn’t able to run that fast. But Roger Bannister proved that widely held belief wrong. He ran a race at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England in 3:59.4 seconds. He smashed the belief to smithereens. Guess what? Within a month, the four-minute mile was broken again, by a man named John Landy. Now, tens of thousands of people have broken the four-minute mile. That’s the power of belief. Once you know something to be true, you generally act in a way that keeps that belief alive, whether it is real or not. Roger Bannister believed he could break the four-minute mile and he did. He said when he crossed the finish line and collapsed into the arms of the waiting crew, he knew he had done it.

We who are in recovery can believe that recovery is real and it can last the rest of our lives. We have seen those who have gone before us and smashed the belief that we must be doomed to a life of incomprehensible demoralisation. Bill Wilson and Dr Bob are our “Roger Bannisters.” We do not have to fear for our lives anymore. We only need to believe that recovery can last our lifetimes, for that has been proven by millions around the world.

Remember that you are a Roger Bannister for someone still out in their disease. You represent the hope that recovery can happen and it can be last a lifetime. Your recovery shines a beacon of hope to others still lost in the dark. Jesus encourages us to fear not, just believe. Believe in the grace that keeps you sober. Believe in your good, sober life.

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