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May 9, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Saturday, May 9, 2015

“It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do …We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, Third Edition, 1976, Ch 6, p 85

Today, a cautionary tale against “rest(ing) on our laurels” and that staying sober is a day-to-day reprieve. Just as clear are the words that my reprieve is based on the “maintenance of (my) spiritual condition.” “How can I best serve (my Higher Power) – Thy will (not mine) be done,” is the cornerstone of our spiritual recovery. Neglect of that cornerstone will predictably erode the humility obtained when seeking and carrying out the will of our Higher Power and, with a weakened foundation or none at all, relapse is predictable. That we have only a day-to-day reprieve and the warning against “rest(ing) on our laurels” remind us that the number of 24 Hours we accumulate is no guarantee that we will add to it today. But, today, I am concerned not with how many 24 Hours I have been sober but with carrying out His will instead of mine. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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