Daily Recovery Readings for February 4, 2018:
WHEN FAITH IS MISSING
Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting. They have tried the way of faith and the way of no faith.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 28
I was so sure God had failed me that I became ultimately defiant, though I knew better, and plunged into a final drinking binge. My faith turned bitter and that was no coincidence. Those who once had great faith hit bottom harder. It took time to rekindle my faith, though I came to A.A. I was grateful intellectually to have survived such a great fall, but my heart felt callous. Still, I stuck with the A.A. program; the alternatives were too bleak! I kept coming back and gradually my faith was resurrected.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 164
Keep It Simple
We do not remember days, we remember moments.—-Cesare Pavese
It’s the moment that’s important. Each moment holds choice. Our spirits grow through working our program moment to moment. Moments lead to days, days to years, and years to a life of honest recovery.
It will be the moments of choice that we remember. The moment we call a friend instead of being alone.
The moment we decide to go for a walk instead of arguing with our partner. The moment we decide to go to an extra meeting instead of drinking or using other drugs. The moments lead us to our Higher Power.
These moments teach us that we’re human, that we need others. At these moments, we know others care about us–our joys, and our struggles.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me remember that my recovery is made up of many moments of choice.
I’ll look back over the last twenty-four hours. What moments come to mind? Why were they important to me.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Enjoying activities with family or friends sounds like a good idea as long as whatever you commit to doesn’t turn into something else. A simple walk in the park could morph into a rigorous hike. A run to the store can become a major shopping spree. The problem is your inability to influence the flow of events today when others are involved. Going out of your way to clearly set limits on your time might seem like an excessive precaution at first, but will likely save the day from spinning out of control. Busy does not equal success.