Daily Recovery Readings for December 24, 2017:
A “SANE AND HAPPY USEFULNESS”
We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 130
All the prayer and meditation in the world will not help me unless they are accompanied by action. Practicing the principles in all my affairs shows me the care that God takes in all parts of my life. God appears in my world when I move aside, and allow Him to step into it.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“The minute we put our work on a service plane, the alcoholic commences to rely upon our assistance rather than upon God. He clamors for this or that, claiming he cannot master alcohol until his material needs are cared for. Nonsense. Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job — wife or no wife — we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 98~
Keep It Simple
We must all hang together or we will hang separately. —Ben Franklin
We didn’t get ourselves sober. And we don’t keep ourselves sober. Our program does this. That is why the Twelfth Step is important. We must be willing to give service to our program whenever it’s needed. When a friend calls and say he or she feels like using, we don’t say we’re sorry. We get our friend and take him or her to a meeting. Our survival depends on this kind of action. We are to carry the message. We carry the message by deeds, not words. We are part of a fellowship based on action. A fellowship guided by love. It is not words that keep us sober–it is action.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me be ready whenever there’s a need. Help me be ready to put my self-will aside. Give me strength.
Action for the Day:
I will think of my group members. Who could use a supportive call or visit? I will call or visit those who need my help.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your emotions can impact the plans you are making today for better or worse. If you are feeling safe and secure, you will go out of your way to spread your good will far and wide. However, negativity causes your perspective to narrow, diminishing your range of activity and tempering your goals. Thankfully, you can positively influence your day and the lives of those around you by observing your thoughts and developing those which focus on love rather than fear.