Daily Recovery Readings
June 27, 2018
CONFORMING TO THE A.A. WAY
We obey A.A.’s Steps and Traditions because we really want them for ourselves. It is no longer a question of good or evil; we conform because we genuinely want to conform. Such is our process of growth in unity and function. Such is the evidence of God’s grace and love among us.
— A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 106
It is fun to watch myself grow in A.A. I fought conformity to A.A. principles from the moment I entered, but I learned from the pain of my belligerence that, in choosing to live the A.A. way of life, I opened myself to God’s grace and love. Then I began to know the full meaning of being a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Big Book Quote
“It did not satisfy us to be told that we could not control our drinking just because we were maladjusted to life, that we were in full flight from reality, or were outright mental defectives. These things were true to some extent, in fact, to a considerable extent with some of us. But we are sure that our bodies were sickened as well. In our belief, any picture of the alcoholic which leaves out this physical factor is incomplete.”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, The Doctor’s Opinion, pg. xxvi~
Keep It Simple
Hell is not to love anymore.-–Geogre Bernanos
Someone in an AA group said, “From the first day I started this program, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.” This person had walked into a room full of love. In recovery, we are spiritual people because we believe in love. We have faith in love.
Love is respect. Love is truth with kindness. Love is being willing to forgive and help others.
Love is thinking about how our Higher Power wants us to act. Love is what we do best. We have turned our will and our life over to love.
Prayer for the Day:
I pray that I may love all parts of life. Higher Power, help me seek out love, not material things.
Action for the Day:
Today, I’ll think about what I love about recovery. I will share this with a couple of friends and my Higher Power.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
You may be challenged to make an important relationship decision today. The judgments of those close to you confront your recent optimistic behavior. Nevertheless, spewing words and acting recklessly could produce accidents, anger or aggression. Thankfully, channeling this intense energy in a meaningful way might lead to a significant breakthrough in other areas of your life. Frida Kahlo wrote, “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”