~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong also. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about 'justifiable' anger? If somebody cheats us, aren't we entitled to be mad?
Can't we be properly angry with self-righteous folk? For us in AA these are dangerous exceptions.
We have found that justifiable anger ought to be left to those better qualified to handle it."
©1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 90
Thought to Consider . . .
Anger is the hot wind that extinguishes the light of reason.
A N G E R = Any No Good Energy Rising
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Step Seven: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
"In all these strivings, so many of them well-intentioned, our crippling handicap had been our lack of humility. We had lacked the perspective to see that character-building and spiritual values had to come first, and that material satisfactions were not the purpose of living."
© 2005, AAWS, Inc.; Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 71
A TURNING POINT
A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted,
rather than as something we must have.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75
Either the A.A. way of life becomes one of joy or I return to the darkness and despair of alcoholism. Joy comes to me when my attitude concerning God and humility turns to one of desire rather than of burden. The darkness in my life changes to radiant light when I arrive at the realization that being truthful and honest in dealing with my inventory results in my life being filled with serenity, freedom, and joy. Trust in my Higher Power deepens, and the flush of gratitude spreads through my being. I am convinced that being humble is being truthful and honest in dealing with myself and God. It is then that humility is something I "really want," rather than being "something I must have."
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
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Carrying the Message
The wonderful energy the Twelfth Step releases, by which it carries our
message to the next suffering alcoholic and finally translates the Twelve
Steps into action upon all our affairs, is the payoff, the magnificent
reality of A.A.
Never talk down to an alcoholic from any moral or spiritual hilltop; simply
lay out the kit of spiritual tools for his inspection. Show him how they
worked with you. Offer him friendship and fellowship.
1. TWELVE AND TWELVE, P. 109
2. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 95
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get
well regardless of anyone. The only condition is that he trust in
God and clean house."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 98~
"Abandon yourself to God as you
understand God. Admit your faults to
Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give
freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the
Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you
trudge the Road of Happy Destiny."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 164~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought For The Day
We in Alcoholics Anonymous do not try to chart the path for the
human soul or try to lay out a blueprint of the working of faith, as
one might plan a charity drive. We do tell the newcomer that we have
renewed our faith in a Higher Power. In the telling, our faith is
further renewed. We believe that faith is always close at hand,
waiting for those who will listen to the heartbeat of the spirit. We
believe there is a force for good in the universe and that if we link
up with this force, we are carried onward to a new life. Am I in this
stream of goodness?
Meditation for the Day
God will protect you from the forces of evil, if you will rely on Him.
You can face all things through the power of God which strengthens
you. Once God has set on you His stamp and seal of ownership, all His
strength will serve and protect you. Remember that you are a child of
the Father. Realize that the Father's help is always ready and
available to all His children, so that they can face anything. God
will do all that is necessary for your spiritual well-being, if you will
let Him live His way.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may rely on God as I go through this day.
I pray that I may
feel deeply secure, no matter what happens to me.