Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the moment you do not see.
— Bill W.
At times, we’ll go through pain and hardship. At times, we’ll have doubts. At times, we’ll get angry and think we just don’t care anymore. These things can spiritually blind us. But this is normal. Hopefully, we’ll be ready for those times. Hopefully, we will have friends who will be there for us.
Thank God for these moments! Yes, hard times can make our spirits deep and strong. These moments tell us who we are as sober people. These moments help us grow and change. Spirituality is about choice. To be spiritual, we must turn ourselves over to the care of our Higher Power.
Prayer for the Day
God, help me find You in my moments of blindness. This is when I really need You.
Today I’ll get ready for the hard times ahead. I will list my friends who will be there for me.
You are reading from the book:
Keep It Simple © 1989 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the permission of Hazelden.
…the acts which led to the relapses were preceded by wrong thinking. The patient in each case rationalized himself out of a sense of his own perilous reality. He deliberately
turned away from his knowledge of the fact that he had been the victim of a serious disease. He grew over-confident. He decided he didn’t have to follow directions.
“Slips and Human Nature”, by Dr. William Duncan Silkworth (wrote most of The Doctor’s
Opinion in the AA Big Book)
One fact must be kept in mind, namely, the need to distinguish between submission and surrender.
In submission, an individual accepts reality consciously, but not unconsciously. He or she accepts as a practical fact that he or she cannot at that moment lick reality, but lurking in the unconscious is the feeling, “there’ll come a day”, which
implies no real acceptance and demonstrates conclusively that the struggle is still on.
With submission, which at best is a superficial yielding, tension continues.
Dr. Harry M. Tiebout (early non-alcoholic friend of AA)
I began to listen. Slowly but surely, some wisdom and humility began to creep in.
I became teachable. I found God working all around me
where previously I was sure I had been alone.
When I opened my eyes enough to see the miracle,
I found that it was right in front of my face. I was growing in God’s love.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 430