IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU SAID IN YOUR LIFE WAS "THANK YOU", THAT WOULD SUFFICE. ~Meister Eckhart

Saturday, August 4, 2007

08.04.07

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. ~Step 12
Today I am grateful...
  • to be working step twelve with my sponsor this morning.

My favorite part of the literature in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is found at the end of the twelfth step in The Twelve Steps and The Twelve Traditions:

Still more wonderful is the feeling that we do not have to be specially distinguished among our fellows in order to be useful and profoundly happy. Not many of us can be leaders of prominence, nor do we wish to be. Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God's help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God's sight all human beings are important, the proof that love freely given surely brings a full return, the certainty that we are no longer isolated and alone in self-constructed prisons, the surety that we need no longer be square pegs in round holes but can fit and belong in God's scheme of things--these are the permanent and legitimate satisfactions of right living for which no amount of pomp and circumstance, no heap of material possessions, could possibly be substitutes. True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God.

5 comments:

dAAve said...

Ladies and Gentlemen ...
I give you Scott W. of Houston, Texas.

peanut said...

Dear Scott,

WOW ! So much to gain just by surrendering to a better, sane life.

Pam said...

"walk humbly under the grace of God." Now that is something to aspire to!!!
I don't know how I've managed to stay under God's grace this long...but I know that I am ONE LUCKY BLESSED GIRLY GIRL.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

It works if you work it. It works cuz you're worth it!

Mary Christine said...

You quoted one of my favorite passages from AA literature. Thank you.