Daily Recovery Readings
March 6, 2018
THE IDEA OF FAITH
Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 47
The idea of faith is a very large chunk to swallow when fear, doubt and anger abound in and around me. Sometimes just the idea of doing something different, something I am not accustomed to doing, can eventually become an act of faith if I do it regularly, and do it without debating whether it’s the right thing to do. When a bad day comes along and everything is going wrong, a meeting or a talk with another drunk often distracts me just enough to persuade me that everything is not quite as impossible, as overwhelming as I had thought. In the same way, going to a meeting or talking to a fellow alcoholic are acts of faith; I believe I’m arresting my disease. These are ways I slowly move toward faith in a Higher Power.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 153~
Keep It Simple
I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.-–William Allen White
Big changes are happening to us, but we can trust that changes will bring good things. After all, what have we got to lose? We have lived through the days and years of our addiction. Now, with the help of our Higher Power, the pain of those days has ended. We have no reason to worry.
Yet, recovery won’t make our lives perfect. Hard things still happened. But we never have to lose hope again. We never have to feel alone with our problems. What will come next? We don’t know the details, but we can be sure the future will be good if we stay on our path of recovery.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, I know life holds many new things for me. Help me and protect me as I live in Your care today.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll trust that each day of my life will bring me good. I will share this idea with one friend.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You might feel the need to take a vacation from all your recent internal processing. You are quite familiar with your own emotional idiosyncrasies, but sometimes they can be exhausting anyhow. Happily, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. You may not be there yet, but resolution seems inevitable; you only have to keep putting one foot ahead of the other. Resist the urge to retreat out of fear. Abraham Lincoln said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”