Re: [Big Book Study] should i be serving god
- ---Hi Micheal,
I to had a problem with "turning things over to go ..you know let go
let god" well God hadn't really helped in my life til then so I ahd a
hard time thinking he would now..well as I applied the program of AA
to my like amd did tuen this over to my higher power(as I understood
him) my life began to get better.Just keep the faith...karen In
email@example.com, Michael Heery <maheery@y...> wrote:
>now as i go on all about serving god ,.i just want to stop
> hi again i seem to be always objecting to things in aa,.,.it
drinking and now it seems that i have to be some kind of a god
searcher/religious person and fill my head with god stuff,., so if
i do not go for the god stuff i will be deemed to be only doing
half measures so it may be mush easier for me to just
simply go to a church once a day i just do not know at times,its
all going oin to a bit of madness for me now , i was just insane when
i drank very sane without alkol and now i fear will go insane
trying to get what some people call a program of living,. i just
guess i will stay away form guys that are god pushers ,.it was me
that had the badness lack of control i knew very well what i use to
be doing ,.thay slogand say keep it simple and i was at a meeting
last night on step 8 when does a person stop or let it be
stoped rehearsing the making amends ,.its driving me crazy , if i do
all the stuff and take it al in , so now i will cut back on
meetings and jsut take so less notice , i see so many people i use
to know leaving aa or just barely interested and then we say
they are dry drunks i just do not know regds mike
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- Good Morning!
We are at the bottom of page 80. The next several paragraphs, through the end of paragraph 1 on page 82, deal with the problems associated with sex outside of marriage. This is an especially difficult area for alcoholics. If we have been unfaithful we have to face up to it, if we continue to be dishonest with ourselves and those about us, we are setting ourselves up for failure.
The last paragraph on this page, and the first on the following page, underscore the fact that we have to do more than stay sober in order to make effective amends:
"We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough. He is like the farmer who came up out of his cyclone cellar to find his home ruined. To his wife, he remarked, "Don't see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain't it grand the wind stopped blowin'?
"Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead. We must take the lead. A remorseful mumbling that we are sorry won't fill the bill at all."
Reading through to the last paragraph on page 83, we see that we are going to have to take definitive action when taking Step 9, particularly with our families.
Now the promises that everyone likes to talk about:
"If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will
intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
"Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them."
It is important to note where these particular promises are in the book - at the end of Step 9.
At this time we have completed our initial "house cleaning." Once complete, we shall receive God's grace. The promises begin to come true for us. "If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through." "This phase" is the Steps 4-9 phase. "The Promises" are wonderful and they give us alot of hope, with one caveat: page 84 paragraph 1 -"They will always materialize if we work for them."We don't get them by osmosis. They just don't fall into our lap, we have to work for them.
The whole process of Steps 8 and 9 is geared to prepare us to be of service to God and our fellows. When we complete this phase of our development we can look the whole world in the eye. This is when we can truly live one day at a time.
With our next post we'll start at paragraph 2 on page 84 and our discussion of Step 10 in the book. Stay tuned, we have more promises to come.
Have a wonderful day,
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