AA Thought for the Day
December 8, 2019
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Calamity With Serenity
Perhaps there is a better way—we think so. For we are now
on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God.
We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in
the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that
we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him,
does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 68
Thought to Ponder
Serenity isn't freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm.
K I S S = Keep It Serenely Simple.
A Member Shares:
Hello family, Mike, alkie. I seemed to always run into the calamity part before coming into AA. My whole life seemed to be summed up with the word calamity prior to AA. But I found some hope when I came into AA. I figured that if it worked for ya‘ll, it would work for me. The backbone of AA to me is teaching me how to have a relationship with God, and with that relationship comes serenity. And my serenity is directly proportional to my relationship with God. The steps are my road map to Him. Working those steps got me to a place that I was able to cross that bridge from self-will to God's will. However, unless I have fully conceded to my innermost self, AA will not work for me. So each day the things that I do to stay sober are there to reinforce step 1. Because I would not do things like inventory, prayer, meditation, amends, working with others. I mean I like my way of life and I wish that I could say that my motive behind what I do is purely because I just want to live this way. But I can't because there is some part of me that does this stuff because of the powerlessness that I have over alcoholism. So if I want serenity even through calamity, then I must apply the principles in the 12 steps, 12 traditions, and 12 concepts while in AA and out of AA. Thank you.
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