~*~A.A. Thoughts For The Day~*~
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"It seems to me that the primary object of any human being is to grow, as God intended,
that being the nature of all growing things. Our search must be for what reality we can find,
which includes the best definition and feeling of love that we can acquire.
If the capability of loving is in the human being, then it must surely be in his Creator.
Theology helps me in that many of its concepts cause me to believe that I live in a rational universe
under a loving God, and that my own irrationality can be chipped away, little by little.
This is, I suppose, the process of growth for which we are intended."
Bill W., Letter, 1958
c. 1967AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 295
Thought to Consider . . .
All you have to do to change your life
is change your mind.
C H A N G E = Choosing Honesty Allows New Growth Every day
*~*~*~*~*^Just For Today!^*~*~*~*~*
From "A Small White Card":
"Yet I had a spiritual experience the night I called A.A., though I didn’t realize it until later. Two angels came, carrying a real message of hope, and told me about A.A. My sponsor laughed when I denied that I had prayed for help. I told him that the only time I had mentioned God was when, in my despair at being unable to get either drunk or sober, I had cried out, 'God! What am I going to do?'
"He replied, 'I believe that
prayer was a pretty good one for a first one from an atheist. It got an answer,
� 1973 AAWS, Inc.; Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 25
STEPPING INTO THE SUNLIGHT
But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into the sun.
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10
Sometimes, I think I don't have time for prayer and meditation, forgetting that I always found the time to drink. It is possible to make time for anything I want to do if I want it badly enough. When I start the routine of prayer and meditation, it's a good idea to plan to devote a small amount of time to it. I read a page from our Fellowship's books in the morning, and say "Thank You, God," when I go to bed at night. As prayer becomes a habit, I will increase the time spent on it, without even noticing the foray it makes into my busy day. If I have trouble praying, I just repeat the Lord's Prayer because it really covers everything. Then I think of what I can be grateful for and say a word of thanks.
I don't need to shut myself in a closet to pray. It can be done even in a room full of people. I just remove myself mentally for an instant. As the practice of prayer continues, I will find I don't need words, for God can, and does, hear my thoughts through silence.
�Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.�
*~*~*~*~*^As Bill Sees It^*~*~*~*~*
In the Sunlight at Last
When the thought was expressed that there might be a God personal to me, I didn't like the idea. So my friend Ebby made what then seemed a novel suggestion. He said, "Why don't you choose your own conception of God?" That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last.
It may be possible to find explanations of spiritual experiences such as ours, but I have often tried to explain my own and have succeeded only in giving the story of it. I know the feeling it gave me and the results it has brought, but I realize I may never fully understand its deeper why and how.
1. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 12 - 2. A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 45
*~*~*~*~*^ Big Book Quote ^*~*~*~*~*
"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
I have lost much of my inferiority complex. I was always trying to escape from life. I did not want to face reality. I was full of self-pity. I was constantly sorry for myself. I tried to avoid all responsibilities. I did not feel that I would handle the responsibilities of my family or my work. Owing to my inferiority complex, I was eager to be free of all responsibilities. I wanted to drift; I wanted to be "on the beach." A.A. showed me how to get over my feeling of inferiority. It made me want to accept responsibility again. Have I lost my inferiority complex?
Meditation For the Day
"One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that are before, I press onward toward the goal. " We should forget those things which are behind us and press onward toward something better. We can believe that God has forgiven us for all our past sins, provided we are honestly trying to live today the way we believe He wants us to live. We can wipe clean the slate of the past. We can start today with a clean slate and go forward with confidence toward the goal that has been set before us.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may drop off the load of the past.
I pray that I may start today with a light heart and a new confidence.