Wednesday, 17 August 2016

AA commitments

'Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.'

'To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.'

'For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.' ('Alcoholics Anonymous')

When I take up an AA commitment, for instance service at an AA group, I show up for it unless I am out of town or really sick. Occasionally there are overriding circumstances (e.g. an elderly relative being in need), but these are rare. I do not duck out because I have a better offer or a social engagement. The effect of this is that the group become the rock in my life. The ultimate reliance is on God, sure, but my feet are grounded in my home group.

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