Endigar 673 ~ Round-the-Clock Faith

From the Daily Reflections of January 19;

Faith has to work twenty-four hours a day in and through us, or we perish.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 16)

The essence of my spirituality, and my sobriety, rests on a round-the-clock faith in a Higher Power. I need to remember and rely on the God of my understanding as I pursue all of my daily activities. How comforting for me is the concept that God works in and through people. As I pause in my day, do I recall specific concrete examples of God’s presence? Am I amazed and uplifted by the number of times this power is evident? I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my God’s presence in my life of recovery. Without this omnipotent force in my every activity, I would again fall into the depths of my disease — and death.

 

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At first, the concept of an “around-the-clock” faith was confusing to me. I must keep my faith active while I slumber? Is this a pursuit of religious perfection rather than spiritual progress? No, I don’t believe that is what is being referred to here. I believe that my initial experimentation with faith was based on emotional responses. I knew I was feeling faith when I was feeling good. That is why I thought it was important to make gratitude lists and other exercises designed to change my perspective to something useful in my life. It was all designed to make me feel good so I could feel faith.

The reality is that I must practice performing the works associated with faith regardless of my emotional state. My sponsor would often assign me to make a gratitude list when I was feeling rather negative and worthless. This was an act of faith among many that was to be accomplished at any and all times of my day, regardless of my emotional state. A faithful response not dependent on my emotions is a necessary survival skill in my recovery, and lays the groundwork for emotional stability.

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