AA Thought for the Day
September 4, 2022
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A Spiritual Awakening
When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important
meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that
which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone.
He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and
being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere,
that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered.
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, (Step Twelve) pp. 106 - 107
Thought to Ponder
A spiritual awakening is our greatest gift.
G I F T = God Is Forever There.
A Member Shares:
I am Eddy and I am alcoholic, this is a great topic. Before I came into AA there were a lot of things about me that didn't make sense to my brain. How could I hold so much love in my heart, but then drink and do so many dumb hurtful things? I went to church and was involved as many of you know. In the church I went to, it was preached to me that if I said the magic "Jesus save me" words I would be healed, saved, never face doom. But that didn't make any sense to my spirit. It was something that evaded me, that connection to God. I always felt like I couldn't put my finger on it. I didn't have a spiritual connection, I was playing religious. I kept drinking. I never actually gave my will or my life over to the care of God. So many thoughts and beliefs, I was lost. Then I came into this program and started listening and of course, thinking. To repent, to love, to submit, to surrender, to become humble. These are just words to my spiritually bankrupt alcoholism. But through reading, I learned that they are verbs. Actual actions that we take daily. I confessed my sins and took the responsibility for them in the first half of the program. I repented of them and stopped doing them. I went to those I hurt and asked for forgiveness, or at least became completely willing to if the opportunity is ever there. And then what do I know, but I feel a tug on my heart. A sort of commission to spread this love and word. God loves me and you and forgives us, and we have to do the same. To know that we are not hopeless, just desperate. And if we grab on to what I literally had to have explained word for word, to Him. . . to surrendering ourselves to His love and ways, He will set straight our paths and deliver us from ourselves. What a beautiful message I have found here. One I couldn't see before AA. I don't always get this right. But I learn and I stay here, growing and hoping along with you for a beautiful sober life. Thanks for letting me share this. It's the action words that grow my faith, and my faith in turn grows into actions.
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