Daily Recovery Readings for December 20, 2017:
THE REWARDS OF GIVING
This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 109
Through experience with Twelfth Step work, I came to understand the rewards of giving that demands nothing in return. At first I expected recovery in others, but I soon learned that this did not happen. Once I acquired the humility to accept the fact that every Twelfth Step call was not going to result in a success, then I was open to receive the rewards of selfless giving.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Thus was I convinced that God is concerned with us humans when we want Him enough. At long last I saw, I felt, I believed. Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes. A new world came into view.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 12~
Keep It Simple
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Our Higher Power is the candle. And our hearts, like a mirror, reflect a warm, loving glow.
But when we used alcohol and other drugs, we tired to be the candle. We wanted to have control. Many of us acted like this to hide how out of control we felt. We never thought we could be happy by admitting we were out of control.
In recovery, we accept that it’s okay to be the mirror. We accept that our Higher Power is the candle that guides us. We want to be the mirror that reflects how much our Higher Power loves us.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, thank-you for the light and warmth You give me.
Action for the Day:
Tonight, I’ll light a candle and place it in front of a mirror. I’ll study how they work together to light the room.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You’re eager to cash in your chips today, especially if you see a fast way to make money. Although the financial odds might be in your favor, the question is how much are you willing to risk. Weigh the pros and cons of your current choices, but keep in mind that your chances for success increase in proportion to your investment of time and energy. Fortune favors the bold but only when you don’t push your luck.