Endigar 388 ~ Self-Examination

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

. . . we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 86)

When said sincerely, this prayer teaches me to be truly unselfish and humble, for even in doing good deeds I often used to seek approval and glory for myself. By examining my motives in all that I do, I can be of service to God and others, helping them do what they want to do. When I put God in charge of my thinking, much needless worry is eliminated and I believe He guides me throughout the day. When I eliminate thoughts of self-pity, dishonesty and self-centeredness as soon as they enter my mind, I find peace with God, my neighbor and myself.



Self-pity, dishonesty, and isolated self-seeking motives are particular manifestations of my disease.  They help to cut me off from vital connections.  When I am cut-off, the disease moves in for the kill.  I do disagree with the contributor in that I do not believe being of service to others is helping them do what they want to do.  Serving others is doing whatever it takes to help them manifest their highest self.  We do not honor the self-pity, dishonesty and isolated self-seeking motives in their lives any more than we do in our own.  It takes the guidance of Gomu (God of my understanding) and the council of the Sober Ones to develop an understanding of how I am to serve.  For me, to serve is to recognize the dormant powers created in me, and then I contribute that energy to the common good, the human collective.  The AA program provides me the best opportunity for such pursuits.

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