Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 159
Those words, for me, refer to a transference of power, through which God, as I understand Him, enters my life. Through prayer and meditation, I open channels, then I establish and improve my conscious contact with God. Through action I then receive the power I need to maintain my sobriety each day. By maintaining my spiritual condition, by giving away what has been so freely given to me, I am granted a daily reprieve.
Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc.. Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members (Kindle Location 1744). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I give to others daily by being useful. I knew from the beginning after learning in AA that in order not to drink I had to give back what I had…that became so much more as time has gone on. I have learned that by giving away what I had, I could be so much more than sober, I could actually be HAPPY. That was what I was looking for all along.
And, I have been given the daily reprieves which was also a daily reprieve from drinking but has also turned into so much more. A reprieve from living in my head and my past. I maintain the daily reprieve by remaining to stay willing, teachable and improving my contact with God through prayer and meditation.
24 Hours A Day
**** I commented on these passages yesterday, I read the wrong pages. But no matter, I must have needed to see and hear what was on these pages yesterday and today. Oops*** The meditation and prayer read the same as yesterdays however I must have been thinking differently today because the – My Thought is a different thought. Hmmm….God works the way He works. He Gave me What I Needed, Not What I Wanted
A.A. Thought for the Day
“If we are still clinging to something that we will not let go, we must sincerely ask God to help us to be willing to let even that go too. We cannot divide our lives into compartments and keep some for ourselves. We must give all the compartments to God. We must say: My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.” Am I still clinging to something that I will not let go?
Meditation for the Day
The laws of nature cannot be changed and must be obeyed if you are to stay healthy. No exceptions will be made in your case. Submit to the laws of nature or they will finally break you. And in the realm of the spirit, in all human relationships, submit to the moral laws and to the will of God. If you continue to break the laws of honesty, purity, unselfishness and love, you will be broken to some extent yourself. The moral and spiritual laws of God, like the laws of nature, are unbreakable without some disaster. If you are dishonest, impure, selfish and unloving, you will not be living according to the laws of the spirit and you will suffer the consequences.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may submit to the laws of nature and to the laws of God. I pray that I may live in harmony with all the laws of life.
Anonymous. Twenty-Four Hours A Day (p. 98). Martino Fine Books. Kindle Edition.
My Thought…FAITH without works is dead. [BB Into Action, p.88] I use my 7th step prayer to remind me I need Him and the prayer also reminds me what my primary purpose is…to be useful!!
7th Step Prayer…My Creator, I am now willing that You should have all of me, good and bad.
I pray that You now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do Your bidding.
Amen “Faith without works is dead.” Copyright © Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. BB Into Action, p.88
My Meditation…I must remain teachable and honest, pure and loving. If I decide not to abide and live in a way that is appropriate to particular circumstances I will suffer the consequences…
I try to keep my meditations simple…in fact I did quite a bit of meditating today. Went for a hike and shared my intimate thoughts and feelings on a spiritual level with God. Felt really good. Very freeing and made me feel healthier and happier.
My Prayer…This particular prayer above confuses me. So I just say my third step prayer for this day of prayer. Which once again reads, “God, I offer myself to Thee – To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!”