Daily Recovery Readings
June 25, 2017
A TWO-WAY STREET
If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 65
When I prayed, I used to omit a lot of things for which I needed to be forgiven. I thought that if I didn’t mention these things to God, He would never know about them. I did not know that if I had just forgiven myself for some of my past deeds, God would forgive me also. I was always taught to prepare for the journey through life, never realizing until I came to A.A. – when I honestly became willing to be taught forgiveness and forgiving – that life itself is the journey. The journey of life is a very happy one, as long as I am willing to accept change and responsibility.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Henry Ford once made a wise remark to the effect that experience is the thing of supreme value in life. That is true only if one is willing to turn the past to good account. We grow by our willingness to face and rectify errors and convert them into assets. The alcoholic’s past thus becomes the principal asset of the family and frequently it is almost the only one!”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Family Afterward, pg. 124
Keep It Simple
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that three of his fingers are pointing at himself.—Louis Nizer
It’s so easy to blame others. Others are always making mistakes we can hide behind. That’s what blame is—hiding. When we blame others for our mistakes, we’re trying to hide our character defects.
It’s nobody else’s fault that we act the way we do. It’s our fault. We’re responsible for our actions.
And with the help of our Higher Power, we can change. We can turn over our character defects. Over time, we’re not afraid to learn about ourselves—even the parts we don’t like—because we want to know ourselves better.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray for help in facing my character defects.
Action for the Day:
I’ll think about the past week. I’ll list times I’ve used blame to hide from reality.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your fears have receded into invisible crevasses of your subconscious, motivating you to untangle complex emotional issues that resurrect memories from the past. You might try to keep everything light and breezy today, but intense feelings could suddenly pull you off balance. Rather than making a hasty retreat to a safe harbor, stand your ground. Although you may project your insecurities onto those around you, this is your fight to finish. Mooji said, “Face your fears and stop allowing the mind to hold you captive.”