Daily Recovery Readings
August 3, 2018
. . .TO BE OF SERVICE
Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 77
It is clear that God’s plan for me is expressed through love. God loved me enough to take me from alleys and jails so that I could be made a useful participant in His world. My response is to love all of His children through service and by example. I ask God to help me imitate His love for me through my love for others.
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
Alcoholism isn’t a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play.
One of the biggest lies addicts can tell themselves is, “I’m not hurting anyone but myself.”
This is just another way we don’t see how important we are to others.
During our using, love was a burden. When anyone showed love for us, we turned away. They hurt. And we hurt.
In recovery, when ready, we try and help our families heal. We listen as they speak of how our illness has hurt them. We comfort them as they tell their stories. Remember, our illness hurt them. Remember, our recovery will help them heal.
Prayer for the Day:
Higher Power, help me face the pain my illness has brought to others. Let me know their pain.
Let it help me stay sober.
Action for the Day:
I will list all persons my illness has hurt. I will say a prayer for them, even if they have harmed me.
Each Day a New Beginning
All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live is to love – to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved. –Isadora Duncan
To be unconditionally loved is our birthright, and we are so loved by God. We desire just such a love from one another, and we deserve it; yet, it’s a human quality to look for love before giving it. Thus many of us search intently for signs of love.
Too many of us are searching, rather than loving. Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood. Not easy, but so rewarding, to ourselves as well as to the one who is the focus of our love.
Love is a balm that heals. Loving lightens whatever our burdens. It invites our inner joy to emerge. But most of all, it connects us, one with another. Loneliness leaves. We are no longer alienated from our environment. Love is the mortar that holds the human structure together. Without the expression of love, it crumbles. This recovery program has offered us a plan for loving others, as well as ourselves. Love will come to us, just as surely as we give it away.
Each and every expression of love I offer today will make smooth another step I take in this life.
Daily Horoscope – Cancer
Your stomach is your soft spot and it will nudge you to adjust your rhythm if you’re feeling uncomfortable. You hope to have enough time to manage everything that is on your plate, but some annoying disturbances can draw you deep into moodiness today. Expressing your frustration is not a bad idea, but it requires a lot of energy. Be strategic and you will get your point across. Take a timeout tonight, turn off the phone and open a book instead. Create the space you need to replenish your soul.