Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Monday, July 18, 2016
AA Thought for the Day
Two things can spoil group unity – gossip and criticism. To avoid these divisive things, we must realize that we’re all in the same boat. We’re like a group of people in a lifeboat after the steamer has sunk. If we’re going to be saved, we’ve got to pull together. It’s a matter of life or death for us. Gossip and criticism are sure ways of disrupting any AA group. We’re all in AA to keep sober ourselves and to help each other to keep sober. And neither gossip nor criticism helps anyone to stay sober.
Am I often guilty of gossip or criticism?
Meditation for the Day
We should try to be grateful for all the blessings we have received and which we do not deserve. Gratitude to God, for all His blessings, will make us humble. Remember that we could do little by ourselves, and now we must rely largely on God’s grace in helping ourselves and others. People do not care much for those who are smug and self-satisfied or those who gossip and criticize. But people are impressed by true humility. So we should try to walk humbly at all times. Gratitude to God and true humility are what makes us effective.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may walk humbly with God. I pray that I may rely on His grace to carry me through.