Endigar 556 ~ First Things First

From Daily Reflections of September 25;

Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job – wife or no wife – we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.   (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 98)

Before coming to A.A., I always had excuses for taking a drink: “She said . . . ,” “He said . . . ,” “I got fired yesterday,” “I got a great job today.” No area of my life could be good if I drank again. In sobriety my life gets better each day. I must always remember not to drink, to trust God, and to stay active in A.A. Am I putting anything before my sobriety, God, and A.A. today?



I woke up this morning with a worried mind that was intent on rehearsing possible strategies and outcomes.  I knew this did not qualify as serenity.  I remembered that God is in charge of the results.  I have been created to take on tasks.  I turned toward meditation with a simple question; what are the tasks that are assigned to me for this day?  My head became clear and I began the ongoing process of releasing and trusting the results to my GOMU (God of my understanding).

In the past, my mind would have been fully involved in the worries I had chosen to entertain for the day.  This would lead me to seek comfort in relationships and escapes and obsessions and distractions and . . .in the end, I would not have been very effective at living.  When I chose this way of living, the lamentations and excuses flow.  I am glad I know I have choice today.

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