Endigar 646 ~ Recovery, Unity, Service

From the Daily Reflections of December 23;

Our Twelfth Step — carrying the message — is the basic service that AA’s Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence.   (The Language of the Heart, page 160)

I thank God for those who came before me, those who told me not to forget the Three Legacies: Recovery, Unity and Service. In my home group, the Three Legacies were described on a sign which said: “You take a three-legged stool, try to balance it on only one leg, or two. Our Three Legacies must be kept intact. In Recovery, we get sober together; in Unity, we work together for the good of our Steps and Traditions; and through Service — we give away freely what has been given to us.”

One of the chief gifts of my life has been to know that I will have no message to give, unless I recover in unity with A.A. principles.





Dawson Earle Trotman (March 25, 1906–June 18, 1956) was an evangelist and founder of The Navigators.

Trotman founded The Navigators in 1933 and through this worldwide Christian organization supported various Christian ideals: maintaining the basic disciplines of the Christ-centered Spirit-filled life, abiding in the Word of God, the importance of personal follow-up, one-on-one discipleship training, scripture memorization, and principles for multiplying Christian disciples, laborers, and equippers around the world. He lost his own life on June 18, 1956 while rescuing a girl, Allene Beck, from drowning during water-skiing in Schroon Lake, New York.

Dr. Billy Graham said: “I think Daws has personally touched more lives than anybody I have ever known.” His work and writings were instrumental in the creation of the Campus Outreach ministry, which focuses on discipleship as a method of building up the community of Christians on college campuses.

(SOURCE:  Bio tab on Dawson Trotman in Wikipedia)

I encountered the Navigators when I was in the Air Force.  They had little discipleship kits you could buy from them complete with scriptural memorization cards and guide books.  I really enjoyed the pragmatism of the approach.  I mentioned Dawson Trotman here because the contributor to the Daily Reflections spoke about the three legged stool.  This is something that his AA group took from the Navigators: (The Wheel History of the Navigators).

The illustration is about achieving a balanced spiritual approach.  It is a wonderful idea if you are a piece of furniture.  Wouldn’t it be better to think of three or four breasts you can suckle from our Higher Power that nurture growth, which is never a stagnant process.  You could chose the most valuable faucet based on your personal need, once you discover it.  It is more beneficial to me.  Maybe you would do better with having access to as many tools as possible in your toolkit.  The point is, I suppose, that we need exposure and expression of the three legacies in our lives to keep and give away the serenity we find in these rooms.



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