Daily Recovery Readings for August 2, 2017:
WE BECOME WILLING . . .
At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself.— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 77
How easily I can become misdirected in approaching the Eighth Step! I wish to be free, somehow transformed by my Sixth and Seventh Step work. Now, more than ever, I am vulnerable to my own self-interest and hidden agenda. I am careful to remember that self-satisfaction, which sometimes comes through the spoken forgiveness of those I have harmed, is not my true objective. I become willing to make amends, knowing that through this process I am mended and made fit to move forward, to know and desire God’s will for me.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.” ~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 51~
Keep It Simple
. . . and because willing to make amends to them all.—Second half of Step Eight.
We have made our list of persons we’ve harmed. Now we look at how willing we are to make amends. We might find that we aren’t ready and willing to make amends to everyone. Maybe they have wronged us more than we have wronged them. Maybe we’re afraid they’ll get angry with us. Maybe we’re afraid they’ll put us in jail.
We get ready to make amends by listening and talking to others in our group—and to our sponsor. We pray for help to be willing to make amends. Becoming willing does not just happen.
We have to work at it. We need to be willing to let go of the past.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me become willing. Help me see my part. I know “my part”
is the only part I can change.
Action for the Day:
I will take time to go over my list. To whom am I not ready to make amends? I will take time to read the Serenity Prayer.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might surprise your coworkers with your uncharacteristically freewheeling style today. It may appear as if you’ve thrown caution out the window, but you’re actually more careful than anyone realizes. Although your current positivity does not invite reckless behavior, it does encourage you to make the most of a situation while it lasts. Theologian Paul Tillich wrote, “He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.”