This Promise


(reflection courtesy of KT-thank you!!!)

When I was new in A.A., I had those two ideas confused. I thought fear would leave me only when I started making money. However, another line from the Big Book jumped off the page one day when I was chewing on my financial difficulties: “For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded.” (p. 127). I suddenly understood that this promise was a guarantee. I saw that it put priorities in the correct order, that spiritual progress would diminish that terrible fear of being destitute, just as it diminished many other fears.

Today I try to use the talents God gave me to benefit others. I’ve found that is what others valued all along. I try to remember that I no longer work for myself. I only get the use of the wealth God created, I never have “owned” it. My life’s purpose is much clearer when I just work to help, not to possess.

When I first came into AA I felt such a despair, the phrase in the promises from the BB gave me a little hope. Fear of economic security will leave us…. well I found myself financially bankrupt, emotionally bankrupt, and ridden with a toxic guilt. So the only thing I could do was one day at a time go to meetings and ask for help.
Finally years later I dug myself out of fiscal ruin. Today the daily reflections resonate with me, the money and material things really are not mine and I can’t take them with me.

photo from KT
photo from KT

22 thoughts on “This Promise

  1. I’ve heard the phrase “the tincture of time” and time does help a lot. But I have to be active and participate (i.e. go to meetings)!

  2. Ever been in deep distress along with a friend in deep distress?

    I have been going through this agony for the last few days and then makes me think of the chosen one’s and the desert times of their lives.
    You see I know that he/she is chosen as a child of God.
    It just can’t happen without his choice.
    I know much of his/her life and in the sense of attaining stature in this world I know it’s to and towards the highest.
    Above all I know God’s faithful and endearing love is always there.

    I had a peculiar experiences morning as I read through several publications and reflections on the good news that exists in all of us and every one of them seem to be speaking directly to my loved one and since I can’t possibly relay this sense I must depend on God as I understand him to get this job done.

    I pray for healing, health and wholeness.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  3. “Material well-being” did not mean material wealth for me. As I improved my spiritual life I became right sized. I became satisfied with what I had. I also did not have the expenses of drinking. Grandiose dreams became practical action. I did not plague myself with what ifs. I waited to worry. The fear started to leave. Fear can still come roaring back into my life. Now I have tools.

  4. Thank you K.T. and everyone with your insightful shares. G-d speaks to me from all of you. Together we can. Today is day 37 for me. But today I am focusing on the NOW! As Clay always says and I love it! It’s a great day to have a great day.💚. Namaste
    P.S. BTW it’s my 59 th belly button birthday today. “Make the rest of our years be the best of our years” through the unconditional love and spiritual guidance of our H.P.

  5. “We had a new employer” says the Big Book. Well, I thought early on, He sure doesn’t pay very well. But I was told He would give what I needed provided I stay close. I thought what I needed was a better financial outlook; what I really needed was to learn to trust. AA literature and my faith literature both tell me to seek first His goodness, and whatever I need will be provided. Abundance sometimes. Scarcity others. To trust means to accept each with gratitude and humility, knowing that I’m getting what I need. May I learn to accept whatever comes from His gracious and loving and ever merciful hand.

  6. I read recently that death can only take from us what we have not already given away. Caught me up short; made me more than a wee bit uncomfortable.
    You taught me that’s when I really need to pay attention.
    Then there’s that other line from the BB ” What would the Master do”?
    Grateful for the Gift

  7. Found out yesterday that a childhood friend died of a heart attack at age 54. His brother told me he had “disappeared” in recent years due to his ongoing alcoholism which had been causing problems for about a decade. But for the grace of God, right? Grateful I have a daily reprieve!

  8. Greetings family,
    Today, peace is found when I relax and allow His universe to come to me. My spiritual battle rhythm must be focused on His promises and not my problems. Self wants to do many things to please God. This posture will always deceive myself into thinking that I’ve down something to justify myself. Divine Mercy’s promise of eternal life sets the finish line requirements for me. God owns everything. Only thing that He doesn’t own is my love. He always takes the first step with an open hand.
    It’s a good day to have an open hand day.
    It wasn’t the apple in the tree that got us in trouble; it was the “pear” on the ground.

  9. Little alibi, thank you Kt for reminding of insecurity in the 9th step promise.
    Congrats Jaybird for 10 years and in keeping the doors/rooms open till my sorry biscuits could enter.

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