AA Thought for the Day
January 26, 2020
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Quit Playing God
First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we
decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be
our Director. He is the Principal; we are his agents. He is the
Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple,
and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant
arch through which we passed to freedom.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (How It Works) p. 62
Thought to Ponder
Avoidance is not the key; surrender opens the door.
K I S S = Keep It Simple; Surrender.
A Member Shares:
Hi, I'm Bryn and I'm an alcoholic. This reminds me of what we get when we have the victory of surrender. We get a better foundation and understanding. The bedrock is our very first foundation of the steps. Step 1 is our foundation step. That to me is the very first step in victory over alcohol. With the foundation is nothing other than believing in a power greater than myself. This was just the beginning of a relationship with God. I found a new and spiritual Friend who I could learn to confide in and who took me years to get a grip on. The one and only I surrendered too! "The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us." We not only have common problems, we have a common solution. Alcoholism is our common peril and the common solution for us all is to get a sponsor, work the steps and sponsor others. Which brings us to the Cornerstone. "We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?" At step 2 I did and still do believe 100% that there is a power greater than me whom I call God. Who I surrendered to before even working the steps with a sponsor. I had very weak faith coming into this program and it stayed weak till I finally broke down and said, 'God please help me, I surrender my life over to you.' That brings me to the keystone stage. "This is the how and why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work." I do not have to be God any more or a director of a play or a puppet master that has everyone on my strings. I no longer have to harm others doing this and I know I am not perfect nor will I ever be. I am not God, yet I played God before. It's sad that I thought I was perfect, that no one else was and I tried to run other people's lives. It never worked and I fell many times, thinking I might never getting sober. I proved myself wrong cause I am sober today. And I got all these things from surrendering to God. Thanks.
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