Daily Recovery Readings for January 14, 2018:
AN UNSUSPECTED INNER RESOURCE
With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 567-68
From my first days in A.A., as I struggled for sobriety, I found hope in these words from our founders. I often pondered the phrase: “they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource.” How, I asked myself, can I find the Power within myself, since I am so powerless? In time, as the founders promised, it came to me: I have always had the choice between goodness and evil, between unselfishness and selfishness, between serenity and fear. That Power greater than myself is an original gift that I did not recognize until I achieved daily sobriety through living A.A.’s Twelve Steps.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Neither could we reduce our self-centeredness much by wishing or
trying on our own power. We had to have God’s help.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, pg. 62
Keep It Simple
I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Don not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.
“Later.” How often have we said this? This trick help us avoid the tasks of the day. Life is full of task–many fun, some boring, others hard. Can I accept the task my Higher Power gives me, easy or hard?
When we used alcohol or other drugs, we’d avoid task, if they became hard for us. We believed we had more control than we really did. We started to believe we could control outcomes. What we really were doing was setting ourselves up for a great fall. We had to face the fact that when our Higher Power had given us a task, we said no, and turned away. Thus, we turned away from the guiding hand of our Higher Power.
Prayer for the Day:
God, help me face You and the tasks You give me. Make me a grateful student of life.
Today I will talk with friends. I will tell them what tasks I’m working on.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
There are many conflicting demands being made on your time today and your exuberance might seem out of context to others. However, your optimism is driven by your desire to make an impact on the lives of those close to you. Fortunately, your muse is present and ready to assist your creative efforts. Don’t stop to consider anyone else’s negativity; just push ahead with your plans and watch how your intentions inspire your peers. Athlete Wade Boggs wrote, “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”