AA Thought for the Day
July 8, 2018
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Carry This Message
The unique ability of each A.A. to identify himself with, and bring recovery to,
the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning, eloquence, or on any
special individual skills. The only thing that matters is that he is an alcoholic
who has found a key to sobriety.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 150 - 151
Thought to Ponder
In AA we don't carry the alcoholic; we carry the message.
P R O G R A M = People Relying On God Relaying A Message.
A Member Shares:
Hello folks. I try to remember I have been entrusted with 'the' message. Not my message. How I carry the message is based on my personal E. S. & H. of how I applied the first 11 Steps and what my results have been. I prayed a very long time to learn to be more effective in carrying the message as this simple message saved me from an Alcoholic death, and was powerful enough to remove my mental obsession to drink. Here is what my answer was to every one of my prayers to become more effective. Tell people the truth. What I found in A.A., how I applied it and what my results have been. Then treat the people I was, 'trying' to help as the adults they are and let them make up their mind as to what they will do with what I have shared with them. Let them know the door to A.A. is open no matter what their decision may be. My experience has taught me that God will use people to teach the message it wants to convey. Whether that person will be a negative example or a positive example. It's not so important what technique a person may use to carry the message, God's will makes sure the message, what ever it may be will be said and hopefully, heard. Just like inviting the Higher Power to join us at the start, I pray before I, 'try' to help other Alcoholics. For guidance. That way I won't trip over my own EGO. (Charlie J)
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