Daily Recovery Readings
March 13, 2017
A WORLD OF THE SPIRIT
We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
The word “entered” . . . and the phrase “entered into the world of the Spirit” are very significant. They imply action, a beginning, getting into, a prerequisite to maintaining my spiritual growth, the “Spirit” being the immaterial part of me. Barriers to my spiritual growth are self-centeredness and a materialistic focus on worldly things. Spirituality means devotion to spiritual instead of worldly things, it means obedience to God’s will for me. I understand spiritual things to be: unconditional love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control and humility. Any time I allow selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear to be a part of me, I block out spiritual things. As I maintain my sobriety, growing spiritually becomes a lifelong process. My goal is spiritual growth, accepting that I’ll never have spiritual perfection.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“To be gravely affected, one does not necessarily have to drink a long time nor take the quantities some of us have. This is particularly true of women. Potential female alcoholics often turn into the real thing and are gone beyond recall in a few years.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, More About Alcoholism, pg. 33~
Keep It Simple
God loves the world through us—Mother Teresa
In Step Three, we turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. How do we feel God’s care, God’s love? We feel God’s care and love through how people treat us. Our Higher Power works through people who love us back to life. With time, we begin returning this care and love to others. We feel this warm love flow right through us and out to others. We’re kind without trying to be. We smile at others for no reason. We comfort those who hurt just by holding them.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, use me to make Your love real to someone today.
Action for the Day:
Fear sometimes keeps me from loving. I’ll list three things I’m afraid will happen if I’m “to loving.”
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You’re thinking at the speed of light and you’re ready to make a move into the next phase of your professional life. You’re imbued with a new courage when swift Mercury flies into gutsy Aries, getting straight to work in your 10th House of Career. Your head swirls with bold ideas about all the things you could accomplish, but now isn’t the best time to blurt out your desire for a promotion or a raise to your boss. Let your mind run wild in the creative realms for a while today; a healthy distraction stops you from speaking too soon. Ben Franklin wrote, “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it.”