Daily Recovery Readings
March 16, 2018
AS WE UNDERSTAND HIM
My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. . . . “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?” That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 12
I remember the times I looked up into the sky and reflected on who started it all, and how. When I came to A.A., an understanding of some description of the spiritual dimension became a necessary adjunct to a stable sobriety. After reading a variety of versions, including the scientific, of a great explosion, I went for simplicity and made the God of my understanding the Great Power that made the explosion possible. With the vastness of the universe under His command, He would, no doubt, be able to guide my thinking and actions if I was prepared to accept His guidance. But I could not expect help if I turned my back on that help and went my own way. I became willing to believe and I have had 26 years of stable and satisfying sobriety.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 100
Keep It Simple
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.-–Oscar Wilde
We all change. We learn, and change, and grow. We once made alcohol or other drugs our Higher Power. Perhaps we had other higher powers too—like money, gambling, food, or sex. But, it’s never too late to be in touch with a true Higher Power. Each day we follow a false higher power, we aren’t.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me put my life and will in Your hands today. Help me be a saint, just for today.
Action for the Day:
How have my ideas about saints and sinners changed since I got into a Twelve Step program?
I’ll talk with my sponsor about it today.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
There is no immediate cure for your high level of idealism now. You’re unwilling to accept reality as the arbiter of what you can and cannot do. Nevertheless, you are unable to avoid the circumstances of the moment, except when you escape into your dreams. But metaphysical solutions can be delusional, unless they impact the three-dimensional world in a positive manner. Historian Daniel Boorstin wrote, “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”