AA Thought for the Day
January 28, 2018
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Faith Without Works
Faith without works was dead, he said. And how appallingly true for the alcoholic!
For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and
self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.
If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 14 - 15
Thought to Ponder
If faith without works is dead; then willingness without action is fantasy.
F A I T H = Found Always In Trusting Him.
A Member Shares:
Chris, Alcoholic. A few weeks ago, I was complaining and whining to my sponsor that I had no sponsees. She told me to go up to women who were desperate and tell them; "I am going to be your sponsor. Here is my phone number, call me!" Well needless to say I got a sponsee and she did call, and we have commenced to work the Steps out of the Big Book. What I want to get at is that if I failed in this way to perfect my spiritual life perhaps I would not be able to "survive the trials and low spots ahead." I am currently going through a low spot now and it could be worse if I allow it to be. So working with others is the way to get out of my head and focus on the alcoholic who still suffers. I do not divulge anything about what is going on with me to my sponsee. That would be taking the attention away from her and her suffering. The miracle of that is instead I talk to my sponsor and others that (yes, I still have many supportive women and a few guys in my life) for the solution. As I Trudge the Road OF Happy Destiny life will continue to present those low spots. When it happens, it is up to me to continue to perfect and enlarge my spiritual life by working with others and carrying the message of how I recovered from that seemingly hopeless state of Mind and Body, through the 12 Steps. So, Faith without works is indeed dead, if I do not follow those directions. Thanks.
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