Endigar 724 ~ The Idea of Faith

From the Daily Reflections of March 06;

Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 47).

The idea of faith is a very large chunk to swallow when fear, doubt and anger abound in and around me. Sometimes just the idea of doing something different, something I am not accustomed to doing, can eventually become an act of faith if I do it regularly, and do it without debating whether it’s the right thing to do. When a bad day comes along and everything is going wrong, a meeting or a talk with another drunk often distracts me just enough to persuade me that everything is not quite as impossible, as overwhelming as I had thought. In the same way, going to a meeting or talking to a fellow alcoholic are acts of faith; I believe I’m arresting my disease. These are ways I slowly move toward faith in a Higher Power.

 

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The idea of Faith is that the habit of courage is rewarded. Hope spotlights that which is worth having in my life and my faith keeps me moving in that direction, giving substance to my heart’s truest desires and providing evidence of my Higher Power’s enthusiastic, loving support and guidance one day at a time. It is a powerfully intuitive knowing enhanced and clarified through fearless, repeated action.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~ author unknown (Hebrews Chapter 11, New King James Version of the Bible).

“What used to be the hunch or the occasional inspiration gradually becomes a working part of the mind. Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas. Nevertheless, we find that our thinking will, as time passes, be more and more on the plane of inspiration. We come to rely upon it.” ~ Bill Wilson (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 87)

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