I don’t really know how a computer works. People with comprehension greater than mine designed this amazing tool. But I don’t need to understand all the intricacies of a computer in order to use one. If I just follow simple directions, I can do pretty amazing things with words and pictures, such as send and receive messages in a flash, to and from any part of the world.

I don’t really know how the Overeaters Anonymous program works either. But I found out I can just follow directions— the Twelve Steps—and do some pretty amazing things.

The program suggests I get a sponsor, so I got an experienced OA member to be my sponsor and guide me through my many questions. My sponsor was a sensitive, trustworthy, caring person who heard my Fifth Step. The program suggests I follow a food plan, so I developed one I thought would work for me. With adjustments along the way to help me eat properly, I obtained and am maintaining over 60 pounds (27 kg) of weight loss.

The program suggests I turn my will and my life over to a Power greater than myself, so I did. I have been rewarded with some marvelous inner healings of hurts from my past. I no longer need to be in charge of everybody and everything. I no longer need to be critical of others so that I can feel better than them. I live a peaceful life and let others live their lives their own way.

The program suggests I improve my conscious contact with God as I understand him, and pray only for knowledge of his will for me and the power to carry that out (Step Eleven). I set aside time in my daily schedule for prayer and meditation, and I have been rewarded with spiritual growth. I no longer know the judgmental God I knew before OA; now I know a loving God who wants the best for me. He gives me good direction if I have the heart and courage to listen and do things his way instead of mine. This spiritual growth has given me peace, contentment, and a zest for life I’ve never known before.

The program suggests I go to meetings, so I faithfully attend my weekly home meeting. I share and often volunteer to be the topic speaker for the meeting.

The program also suggests I do service, so I perform a service position each year in support of my meeting. I have also done service at the intergroup, region, and world service levels. Service has brought me into contact with people from all walks of life. I’ve seen much program success, and been given support and friendships.

I’m not too sure how the OA program works, but I do know that it works, if you stay in and work it—and you’re worth it!

— Anonymous, Minnesota USA

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