Endigar 683 ~ The Joy of Sharing

From the Daily Reflections of January 29;

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends — this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 89)

To know that each newcomer with whom I share has the opportunity to experience the relief that I have found in this Fellowship fills me with joy and gratitude. I feel that all the things described in A.A. will come to pass for them, as they have for me, if they seize the opportunity and embrace the program fully.

 

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When I was still involved with churchianity,  the promise book fad became very popular. The logic was that if God had an active hand in writing the scriptures, then any promise inspired and recorded in the Holy Books would have supernatural potential when combined with the believer’s faith. My former wife and I would quote them over our children and home and journeys and any external challenges we would face. I have no way of knowing empirically if this magic worked.

I think it is more important to experience internal changes that warrant external prosperity. When my life takes on a new meaning, it is because I have changed my perspectives. Although people are recovering around me and others are helping one another, unless I change what I focus on I will not see it.  I have to change to become someone others desire to connect with. I have to hold their best interests to my heart and trust my Higher Power as I take social risks. If I promise to foster persistence, patience, and courage, then I become the fulfillment of promises rather than the desperate consumer of them.

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