Daily Recovery Readings
June 25, 2018
A TWO-WAY STREET
If we ask, God will certainly forgive our derelictions. But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 65
When I prayed, I used to omit a lot of things for which I needed to be forgiven. I thought that if I didn’t mention these things to God, He would never know about them. I did not know that if I had just forgiven myself for some of my past deeds, God would forgive me also. I was always taught to prepare for the journey through life, never realizing until I came to A.A. – when I honestly became willing to be taught forgiveness and forgiving – that life itself is the journey. The journey of life is a very happy one, as long as I am willing to accept change and responsibility.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. People have said we must not go where liquor is served; we must not have it in our homes; we must shun friends who drink; we must avoid moving pictures which show drinking scenes; we must not go into bars; our friends must hide their bottles if we go to their houses; we mustn’t think or be reminded about alcohol at all. Our experience shows that this is not necessarily so.
We meet these conditions every day. An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an alcoholic mind; there is something the matter with his spiritual status.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 100~
Keep It Simple
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that three of his fingers are pointing at himself.—Louis Nizer
It’s so easy to blame others. Others are always making mistakes we can hide behind. That’s what blame is—hiding. When we blame others for our mistakes, we’re trying to hide our character defects.
It’s nobody else’s fault that we act the way we do. It’s our fault. We’re responsible for our actions.
And with the help of our Higher Power, we can change. We can turn over our character defects. Over time, we’re not afraid to learn about ourselves—even the parts we don’t like—because we want to know ourselves better.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray for help in facing my character defects.
Action for the Day:
I’ll think about the past week. I’ll list times I’ve used blame to hide from reality.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You are a wealth magnet today, but you could end up spending more money than you attract. If you truly believe you can write yourself a blank check, the cash may magically appear, enabling you to cover an extravagant purchase. But don’t push your luck too far or you might find yourself with a financial promise you can’t keep, a high level of disappointment or an expensive item you don’t even want. Greek philosopher Epictetus wrote, “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”