Daily Recovery Readings
January 24, 2017
There is action and more action. “Faith without works is dead.” . . . To be helpful is our only aim.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 88-89
I understand that service is a vital part of recovery but I often wonder, “What can I do?” Simply start with what I have today! I look around to see where there is a need. Are the ashtrays full? Do I have hands and feet to empty them? Suddenly I’m involved! The best speaker may make the worst coffee; the member who’s best with newcomers may be unable to read; the one willing to clean up may make a mess of the bank account—yet every one of these people and jobs is essential to an active group. The miracle of service is this: when I use what I have, I find there is more available to me than I realized before.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 14~
Keep It Simple
Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.
In recovery learn to give up hate. We must stand for justice, not for hate. We must learn to respect people. They, in turn, will respect us in most cases. We begin to see how important it is to give up hate–if we want others to care for us. Hate is often our secret. Hate is found deep in our hearts and minds. It eats at our souls. It hurts our spiritual growth. Sometimes people are public about their hate. There are even dangerous groups based on hate. But, the most dangerous hate is the private and unspoken. Do I have public hates? Do I have secret hates?
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, search my hearts and show me any hates I have. Help me rid myself of them.
Action for the Day:
I’ll list any people, nations, to creeds I hate. I’ll pray to have this hate removed. I’ll pray for these people, nations, or creeds.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might grow annoyed if you encounter a glitch in your day, especially if there’s someone or something you can blame. But even if the cause of your trouble is obvious, you’re likely to hold your anger close to your chest today. You may reason that nothing positive will come from an open conflict. Nevertheless, you’re not interested in just letting the matter pass. Instead of getting mad, you decide to get even. As Frank Sinatra said, “The best revenge is massive success.”