AA Thought for the Day
December 6, 2020
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Willing to Believe
Stress the spiritual feature freely. If the man be agnostic or atheist,
make it emphatic that he does not have to agree with your conception
of God. He can choose any conception he likes, provided it makes
sense to him. The main thing is that he be willing to believe in a
Power greater than himself and that he live by spiritual principles.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (Working With Others) p. 93
Thought to Ponder
A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift.
K I S S = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually.
A Member Shares:
Hi All. Douglas, Alkie. I had a really hard time with Step Two when I came into AA, I had lost all belief in God. Someone reminded me that the power greater than me did not actually have to be God, it could be the group or anything else. The group as a higher power begin to make sense to me at that time, the group knew how to stay sober, I certainly did not. I used the group as a HP, that worked well for me at that time in my recovery and I got a good network of sober people working a program of recovery. Step Three took some work on understanding what was God’s will for me since I still did not believe in God. I looked at what AA was trying to teach me, not word by word, but what it was trying to teach me in general. I realized that it was kind of simple actually; do not drink, try to be a Decent and Responsible Person and Try to help others. When I regained my belief in God, I looked at what I thought was God’s will for me. I realized that I already knew what it was, what I had been doing already in AA. Not Drinking, trying to be a Decent and Responsible Person and Trying to help others. Today I still have the belief that that is how God wants me to live my life and I try to do that each day. Today I live by Steps 10 - 12, I see no reason at all for me to go back to Steps 1 - 9 unless I am working with a newcomer or discussing those in a meeting. I keep recovery simple today, I know what works for me and I share that, what works for others can be different. The steps are there for us all, everything else in my belief is a matter of take what you need and leave the rest. Thanks.
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