~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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Every sponsor is necessarily a leader. The stakes are huge. A human life, and usually the
†happiness of a whole family, hangs in the balance. What the sponsor does and says,
how well he estimates the reactions of his prospects, how well he times and makes his presentation,
how well he handles criticisms, and how well he leads his prospect on by personal spiritual example ...
well, these attributes of leadership can make all the difference, often the difference between life and death.
Thank God that Alcoholics Anonymous is blessed with so much leadership in each and all of its great affairs!
Bill W., April 1959
c. 1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 292
Thought to Consider . . .
A recovering alcoholic without a sponsor
is much like a ship without a rudder.
S P O N S O R =
Sober Person Offering Newcomer Support Of Recovery
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Truth, the Liberator:"
"How truth makes us free is something that we A.A.'s can well understand. It cut the shackles that once bound us to alcohol. It continues to release us from conflicts and miseries beyond reckoning; it banishes fear and isolation."
c. 1967, As Bill Sees It, page 70
AT THE TURNING POINT
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point.
†We asked His protection and care with complete
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 59
Every day I stand at turning points. My thoughts and actions can propel me toward growth or turn me down the road to old habits and to booze. Sometimes turning points are beginnings, as when I decide to start praising, instead of condemning someone. Or when I begin to ask for help instead of going it alone. At other times turning points are endings, such as when I see clearly the need to stop festering resentments or crippling self-seeking. Many shortcomings tempt me daily; therefore, I also have daily opportunities to become aware of them. In one form or another, many of my character defects appear daily: self-condemnation, anger, running away, being prideful, wanting to get even, or acting out of grandiosity.
Attempting half measures to eliminate these defects merely paralyzes my efforts to change. It is only when I ask God for help, with complete abandon, that I become willing -- and able -- to change.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
The Realm of the Spirit
In ancient times material progress was painfully slow. The spirit of modern scientific inquiry, research, and invention was almost unknown. In the realm of the material, men's minds were fettered by superstition, tradition, and all sorts of fixed ideas. Some of the contemporaries of
Are not some of us just as biased and unreasonable about the realm of the spirit as were the
ancients about the realm
of the material?
We have found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the
realm of spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive, never exclusive or forbidding to those who
earnestly seek. It is
open, we believe, to all men.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - 1. p. 51 - 2. p. 46
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"Another principle we observe carefully is that we do not relate
intimate experiences of another person unless we are sure he would
approve. We find it better, when possible, to stick to our own
stories. A man may criticize or laugh at himself and it will affect
others favorably, but criticism or ridicule coming from another often
produces the contrary effect."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 125
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
When temptation comes, as it does sometimes to all of us, I will say to myself.† "No, my whole life depends on not taking that drink and nothing in the world can make me do it." Besides, I have promised that Higher Power that I wouldn't do it. I know that God doesn't want me to drink and I won't break my promise to, God. I've given up my right to drink and it's not my decision any longer. Have I made the choice once and for all, so that there's no going back on it?
Meditation for the Day
In silence comes God's meaning to the heart. I cannot judge when it enters the heart. I can only
†judge by results. Godís word is spoken to the secret places of my heart and, in some hour of temptation,
I find that word and realize its value for the first time. when I need it, I find it there. "Thy Father, who
seeth in secret, shall reward
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may see God's meaning in my life.
†I pray that I may gladly accept what God has to teach me.