I have always held Alcoholics Anonymous in high regards. I think that their organization, principles and practices are exceptional. Everyone that I know who has had any involvement has had positive experiences. Life change is the ultimate result.
I was re-reading some of their literature this morning when the twelfth principle jumped off the page at me:
“12.—And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.”
I think I may have found the missing tradition of most churches.
If I were to write church values, you can bet that you will see these familiar phrases…
“we are to place principles before personalities”
“we are actually to practice a genuine humility.”
“we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.”