We in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 28
I try each day to raise my heart and hands in thanks to God for showing me a “design for living” that really works through our beautiful Fellowship. But what, exactly, is this “design for living” that “really works”? For me, it is the practice of the Twelve Steps to the best of my ability, the continued awareness of a God who loves me unconditionally, and the hope that, in each new day, there is a purpose for my being. I am truly, truly blessed in the Fellowship.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Locations 1598-1604). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I too, as the AA member shared above try to raise my heart and my hands to thank God for showing me a ‘design for living’ daily. I thank God in the morning when I get up for another day and pray to do “Thy will” not mine be done. How do I do that in a day? As mentioned above, I continue to practice the Twelve Steps of AA which include my continual awareness of God. I know my purpose, having been taught by the Fellowship. It is to be useful. No matter what I am doing in the day I ask for direction and live my day as it unfolds, one day at a time. Knowing that my purpose in life is to be useful and be available and help others is my purpose in my Life today. Then at night when I lay my head on my pillow, I thank Him for another day. Remembering that a whole new life has been given to me!
24 Hours a Day
A.A. Thought for the Day
We in A.A. are offering an intangible thing, a psychological and spiritual programme. It’s a wonderful programme. When we learn to turn to a Higher Power, with faith that Power can give us the strength we need, we find peace of mind. When we reeducate our minds by learning to think differently, we find new interests that make life worth while. We who have achieved sobriety through faith in God and mental re-education are modern miracles. It is the function of our A.A. programme to produce modern miracles. Do I consider the change in my life a modern miracle?
Meditation for the Day
You should never doubt that God’s spirit is always with you, wherever you are, to keep you on the right path. God’s keeping power is never at fault, only your realization of it. You must try to believe in God’s nearness and the availability of His grace. It is not a question of whether God can provide a shelter from the storm, but of whether or not you seek the security of that shelter. Every fear, worry or doubt is disloyalty to God. You must endeavor to trust God wholly. Practice saying: All is going to be well. Say it to yourself until you feel it deeply.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may feel deeply that all is well. I pray that nothing will be able to move me from that deep conviction.
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (p. 90). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
My thought… The programme in AA is an intangible thing. We are unable to touch it and has no physical presence. A big part of AA is psychological and spiritual. My thinking was a huge part of my problem and lack of spirituality made that problem even worse. Everything I thought about was blown out of proportion or negative. I learned to turn to God, my Higher Power for the strength to shut down that thinking and give me peace of mind. Certainly didn’t come easy. None of what I had to do was easy. I didn’t fight it I did it, but my understanding of wha and why I was doing what I did was done to get “weller” and at this time for no other reasons. I have since along the way grown Ad infinitum. Each day by continuing to do the things I have become a Miracle!
My Meditaition… I have no doubt God’s spirit is with me. I always have what I need, nor=t neccesarly what I want. I have to pick up the tools that have I have been shown and use them. Much of my sobriety, actually ALL of it has been through repetition. In the beginning I used to say the Serenity Prayer over and over…not sure how many times a day…LOTS! Today I still use the Serentity Prayer, but I usually say when I find myself needing “help” I say to myself, “it will all be OK.” I have learned to trust in God.
My Prayer… this prayer has helped to stay connected with God knowing that if I continue to pray and ask for help everything will be ok.