The Spirit Of Life

Like many members I grew up with a flawed view of what it means to live a spiritual life. I saw many instances where people said one thing, and yet did another. So, to say I was a little confused was just the “tip” of the iceberg for me. I truly believed that being spiritual meant living by a set of rules that were established centuries ago, and really had little to no relevance in today’s world. The thought of adhering to spiritual principles scared me, as I had failed that course of action years ago. But there was “something” in the rooms that kept me coming back. Today I know it was the “spirit” of my Higher Power. The concept of a Higher Power was something that I could relate to – this “power” helped me to find sobriety, and I could also see it at work in the lives of others in the rooms of A.A. There were many in the meetings that had “long term sobriety,” which, to me, meant they had found a power greater than their disease. I wanted this “power” to stop drinking, to live a life with purpose and direction, a life where I could hold my head up and look others in the eye, and know that I, too, am but a child of God. That with all my faults and defects, I am still a valid human being. With the help of A.A. and God, I am capable of great change. Little did I know of my capacity for change. Today I recognize it as a thirst for order and serenity. Recovery is a process which entails many changes, growth and a spiritual awakening unlike anything I ever experienced before.
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14 thoughts on “The Spirit Of Life

  1. Thank the Lord for this day and for loving this day and all that is in it.
    My times are in His hand.
    My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.

    Some things on my agenda for today will be done not because I want to but because I have to.
    How does my “have to” attitude affect my disposition?
    Maybe, perhaps a new and different mindset may be developed by being quite thankful and having a feeling of blessedness for just being able to do them.
    You see I know this works and I know the comforting feeling of appreciation for being so extraordinarily blessed beginning with the exceedingly magnanimous appreciation of being a child of God.
    And then acknowledging the pleasure in the use of the giftedness for the good of all.

    AUGUST 2
    WE BECOME WILLING . . .
    At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But
    this is not an end in itself.
    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 77

    So speaking of endings; how will it all end?

    I know that’s all up to God and that’s just okay with me.

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

  2. In my opinion…
    Practical things last.
    And AA has lasted…
    At some point, like many of us, I wondered why.
    Perhaps just innocent curiosity but for me, really it was the opportunity for my sneaky, sly, cunning and insidious ego to find any chink, crack or excuse to stop me from giving myself entirely to our simple program.
    Any reason would do, in order that ego need not cede dominion over my essence.
    Thank God my wounds were grievous enough, your patience great enough and your love present sufficiently for True Self to finally feel the God within you and then within me.
    So the answer to “why” simply became “because I have no other alternatives, and I see it working in you”.
    Grateful for the Gift

  3. I do need some advice from you, the Spiritually Blessed, regarding some elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them:

    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female,
    provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims
    that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I
    own Canadians?

    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus
    21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her
    period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I
    tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
    pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim
    the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2
    clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him
    myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

    6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an
    abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t
    agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a
    defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision
    have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

    8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around
    their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How
    should they die?

    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me
    unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different
    crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two
    different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and
    blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of
    getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just
    burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep
    with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

    I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable
    expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

    • If we never have doubts, then our faith isn’t being stretched.
      Top shelf questions: What did God reveal to you regarding them?

      • Not everyone has the audacity to think that God speaks to them. Steppers are supposed to have humility, right? What could be less so than believing such claims? History is littered with deranged minds who have done so, usually with not very good results. I (for the most part) stopped being delusional after I got sober. Some practice substitution, which is fine I suppose. Just wish I could get some rational answers to issues in sacred texts. Oh well, at least you all are rocketed to the fourth dimension, blessed and stuff. Thanks for asking.

  4. Top of the morning family,
    Step 3 is the toggle switch for omnipotent power, strength and guidance.
    Today I have a choice, “on’ or “off”.
    – pretty simple for this knuckle head.

    It’s a good day for taco Tuesday.

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