~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help,
the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort,
the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important,
the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs
in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things -- these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes."
c. 1952AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 124
Thought to Consider . . .
Service is spirituality in action.
H O P E = Helping Other People Every day
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "Looking out for overelation:"
"We have learned now not to panic
thought of a drink comes into the mind....But
the THOUGHT of a drink is not necessarily the
same thing as the DESIRE for one, and neither
need plunge us into gloom or fear. Both can
be viewed simply as warning bells to remind us
of the perils of alcoholism. The perils are
forever, even when we feel so fine that we
wonder whether it's really all right to feel as
good as we do, now."
c. 1975, Living Sober, pages 43-44
"THE QUALITY OF FAITH"
This. . . has to do with the quality of faith. . . . In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves. . . . We had not even prayed rightly. We had always said, "Grant me my wishes" instead of "Thy will be done."
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p.32
God does not grant me material possessions, take away my suffering, or spare me from disasters, but He does give me a good life, the ability to cope, and peace of mind. My prayers are simple: first, they express my gratitude for the good things in my life, regardless of how hard I have to search for them; and second, I ask only for the strength and the wisdom to do His will. He answers with solutions to my problems, sustaining my ability to live through daily frustrations with a serenity I did not believe existed, and with the strength to practice the principles of A.A. in all of my everyday affairs.
©Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS
ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.©
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
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, too. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about
"justifiable" anger? If somebody cheats us, aren't we entitled to be mad? And shouldn't we be properly angry with
self-righteous folks? For us of A.A. these adventures in anger are sometimes very dangerous. We have found that
even justified anger ought to be left to
those better qualified to handle it.
TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 90
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"We have begun to comprehend their futility and their fatality. We
have commenced to see their terrible destructiveness. We have begun
to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our
enemies, for we look on them as sick people."
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Pg. 70~
*~*~*~*^Twenty Four Hours A Day^*~*~*~*
A.A. Thought for the Day
During our thoughts about the rewards that have come to us as a result of our new way of living, we find that we have new kinds of homes, new relationships with our spouses and our children. Also peace, contentment, hope, faith, charity, and new ambition. What are some of the things we have lost? Each one of us can answer this question in many ways. I have lost much of my fear. It used to control me; it was my master. it paralyzed my efforts. Fear always got me down. It made me an introvert, an ingrown person. When fear was replaced by faith, I got well. Have I lost some of my fears?
Meditation for the Day
The world would sooner be brought close to God. His will would sooner be done on earth, if all who acknowledge Him gave themselves unreservedly to being used by Him. God can use every human being as a channel for divine love and power What delays the bringing of the world closer to God is the backwardness of His followers. If each one lived each day for God and allowed God to work through him, then the world would soon be drawn much closer to God, its Founder and Preserver.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may be used as a channel to express the Divine Love.
I pray that I may so live as to bring God's spirit closer to the world.