Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.
Alcoholics Anonymous, p.77
It is clear that God’s plan for me is expressed through love. God loved me enough to take me from alleys and jails so that I could be made a useful participant in His world. My response is to love all of His children through service and by example. I ask God to help me imitate His love for me through my love for others.
Daily Reflections, p. 1561
I knew by now, having been told over and over and hearing it many meetings I attended, what my purpose was and is…be of service to God by becoming useful and carrying the message I had been taught. Give it freely to others. What is the message? In the beginning it was don’t drink and go to meetings. As time went on it was still don’t drink and go to meetings and get a sponsor, go through the steps in AA , one at a time, in order with the direction/guidance of a sponsor and a home group. This was hard for awhile and sometimes still. I don’t attend as many meetings any more but I was given an awesome foundation in the basics of AA. So in my daily life I still try to carry the message, and now I am useful in so many other ways – to all the people around me. Or shall I say I try to be…some days are better than others.
24 Hours A Day
August 3 – A.A. Thought for the Day
We in A.A. Must remember that we are offering something intangible. We are offering a psychological and spiritual programme. We are not offering a medical programme. If a man needs medical treatment, we call in a doctor. If a man needs a medical prescription, we let the doctor prescribe for him. If a man needs hospital treatment, we let the hospital take care of him. Our vital A.A. work begins when a man is physically able to receive it.
Am I willing to leave medical care to doctors?
I know nothing about medicine, as I knew nothing about being sober. I saw many sick, physically sick people come to AA and get well. I was taught that if a person needs medication and they need to take it, take it. But remember, take it as prescribed. I know me, if I was told to take one pill, I’d take at least two or more. Why? Because that is the way an alcoholic mind works, mine anyway. Just like a drink, one? Nah, two would be better…was never just one or two though. So yes, I leave any medical diagnosis to the doctors. I am not a doctor, lawyer, marriage counselor, etc. My purpose is to be useful. That means, from day one, my only qualifications were to help someone not drink one day at a time. That remains my purpose today. However, as I have grown, I have learned to try to be useful to everyone today. My usefulness comes in many different ways today.
Meditation for the Day
Each moment of your day which you devote to this new way of life is a gift to God. The gift of the moments. Even when you desire to serve God is sincere, it is not an easy thing to give Him many of these moments. The daily things that you had planned to do, given up gladly so that you can perform a good service or say a kind word. If you see God’s purpose in man situations, it will be easier to give Him many moments of your day. Every situation has two interpretations – your own and God’s. Try to handle each situation in the way you believe God would have handled it.
Everyday I have is a gift from God. I had to change my whole way of life. Get rid of the way I thought of things and some instances the way I did things. Not always easy. Not at all! I took back my will many times and actually still do today. But the difference between my early sobriety and now is that I do not wish to be miserable as often or as long. It does not take me nearly as long to get out my misery. I try not to think my way is always the best or right way. In fact I’d venture to say that nine times out of ten, my way is the wrong way. I mostly live the AA way today, it has worked for me for a long time. And, I believe that the AA way of life is the way that God intends me to live my life on a daily basis.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may make my day count somewhat for God. I pray that I may not spend it all selfishly.
24 Hours a Day, p 88
I do pray daily that I am useful to everyone around me at any given moment. This helps me to get out of myself and try not to be selfish. I don’t think my way is the only way any more.