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A.A. Today: Effectiveness

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.  It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

October 1, 2020

A.A. will lose some of its effectiveness if I do not do my share.  Where am I failing?  Are there some things I do not feel like doing?  Am I held back by self-consciousness or fear?  Self-consciousness is a form of pride.  It is a fear that something may happen to you.  What happens to you is not very important.  The impression you make on others does not depend so much on the kind of a job you do as on your sincerity and honesty of purpose.  Am I holding back because I am afraid of not making a good impression?

Meditation for the Day

Look to God for the true power that will make you effective.  See no other wholly dependable supply of strength.  That is the secret of a truly effective life.  And you, in your turn, will be used to help many others find effectiveness.  Whatever spiritual help you need, whatever spiritual help you desire for others, look to God.  Seek that God’s will be done in your life and seek that your will conforms to His.  Failures come from depending too much on your own strength.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may feel that nothing good is too much for me if I look to God for help.  I pray that I may be effective through His guidance.

A.A. Today: Give It Away

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.  It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

September 4, 2020

When I find myself thinking about taking a drink, I say to myself: “Don’t reach out and take that problem back. You’ve given it to God and there’s nothing you can do about it.” So I forget about the drink. One of the most important parts of the A.A. program is to give our drink problem to God honestly and fully and never to reach out and take the problem back to ourselves. If we let God have it and keep it for good and then cooperate with Him, we’ll stay sober. Have I determined not to take the drink problem back to myself?

Meditation for the Day

Constant effort is necessary if I am to grow spiritually and develop my spiritual life. I must keep the spiritual rules persistently, perseveringly, lovingly, patiently, and hopefully. By keeping them, every mountain of difficulty shall be laid low, the rough places of poverty of spirit shall be made smooth, and all who know me shall know that God is the Lord of all my ways. To get close to the spirit of God is to find life and healing and strength.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that God’s spirit may be everything to my soul. I pray that God’s spirit may grow within me.

A.A. Today: Honestly and Fully

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 28, 2017

We should be free from alcohol for good.  It’s out of our hands and in the hands of God, so we don’t need to worry about it or even think about it any more.  But if we haven’t done this honestly and fully, the chances are that it will become our problem again.

Since we don’t trust God to take care of the problem for us, we reach out and take the problem back to ourselves.  Then it’s our problem again and we’re in the same old mess we were in before.  We’re helpless again and we drink.  Do I trust God to take care of the problem for me?

Meditation for the Day

No work is of value without preparation.  Every spiritual work must have behind it much spiritual preparation.  Cut short times of prayer and times of spiritual preparation and many hours of work may be profitless.  From the point of view of God, one poor tool working all the time, but doing bad work because of lack of preparation, is  of small value compared with the sharp, keen, perfect instrument working for only a short time, but that turns out perfect work because of long hours of spiritual preparation.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may spend more time alone with God.  I pray that I may get more strength and joy from such times, so that they will add much to my work.

My Recovery: A.A. Slogans (Pt. 1)

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I go to A.A. at least twice a week.  I mainly sit there, absorb, and leave.  I’m into the message, not the medium.  I am into the Big Book, but I am not a huge advocate of A.A.  I take what I need from it and I leave the rest for someone else.

That being said, A.A. has a lot of terrific slogans that can be applied to anything in life.  I have compiled a list and put comments next to each one as to what I think that slogan means for me, not for you, for me.  Feel free to comment with any I have missed.  You don’t have to go to A.A. to benefit from A.A., but it is one of the pillars by which I remain sober today.

Here is Part I of the list.  I will post the rest of the list down the road:

  • Easy does itslowing my world down.  It means not getting too high, not getting too low.
  • First things firstalways keeping my sobriety first, no matter what is happening in my life, sobriety first, everything else second.
  • Live and let live–I will live my life and be at peace letting others live theirs.
  • But for the grace of god–if it wasn’t for God, I’d be in deep shit.
  • Let go and let god–hand over your control, your troubles, your woes to God and let Him handle them for you.
  • This too shall pass–nothing lasts forever, don’t get too caught up in your issues, they will not be with you forever.
  • Keep coming back….it works if you work it–if you can do nothing more, then just keep showing up.
  • Stick with the winners–hang with the folks who have been following the program and staying sober.
  • Sobriety is a journey….not a destination–there is no end-game.  I will be an alcoholic fighting to stay sober forever.
  • Faith without works is dead–you can be as spiritual as you want, but without practicing those same principles, it’s irrelevant.
  • If god seems far away, who moved?–a ponderance that makes you realize you need to get with God, or spirituality.
  • Turn it over–the main tenant of Step 3.  Turning my problems, issues, concerns, etc over to my Higher Power.
  • We are only as sick as our secrets–whatever you hold onto and don’t let go will keep you sick and/or in addiction.
  • There are no coincidences in AA–everything in A.A. happens for a reason, and that reason is God (Higher Power).
  • Be part of the solution, not the problem–stay out of your way as you seek the solution to your problem, or you will be the problem.

Please remember, my interpretations of these slogans may be different for you.  What effect, if any, do some of these slogans have on your life?  I have part two coming tomorrow.  I’d love to hear if you have any other AA slogans, and how they have applied to your own life and/or sobriety.

A.A. Today: Always Took The Drink

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 27, 2017

When we came into A.A., the first thing we did was to admit that we couldn’t do anything about our drinking.  We admitted that alcohol had us licked and that we were helpless against it.  We never could decide whether or not to take a drink.  We always took the drink.

And since we couldn’t do anything about it ourselves, we put our whole drink problem into the hands of God.  We turned the whole thing over to that Power greater than ourselves.  And we have nothing more to do about it, except to trust God to take care of the problem for us.  Have I done this honestly and fully?

Meditation for the Day

This is the time for my spirit to touch the spirit of God.  I know that the feeling of the spirit-touch is more important than all the sensations of material things.  I must seek a silence of spirit-touching with God.  Just a moment’s contact and all the fever of life leaves me.  Then I am well, whole, calm, and able to rise and minister to others.  God’s touch is a potent healer.  I must feel that touch and sense God’s presence.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that the fever or resentment, worry, and fear may melt into nothingness.  I pray that health, joy, peace, and serenity may take its place.

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