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Today’s thought from Hazelden is:
A man of courage is also full of faith.
Faith and courage walk hand in hand. Courage empowers us to act in favor of what we believe, but cannot know. Courage is animated by the vision of faith. It doesn’t take any faith to perform an action that doesn’t require a risk. Only when the outcome is uncertain, and the effort itself a feat of daring, must faith and courage come on the scene together to get the job done.
To reach out to another, if we have known frequent rejection, is to act courageously in spite of an uncertain outcome. To stand firm in a decision, if we have always given in and given up, is to back our faith in a most daring and courageous way.
Many recovering people, who never think of themselves as spiritual, are excellent models of faith because they continually reach out for what is not common in their lives. Because they believe, they’re willing and able to take the risk.
Today, I can do what I believe I can do.
From the book:
Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. © 1987, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation
Reflection for the Day
So often, in the past, we prayed for “things,” or favoring circumstances, or a thousand requests that were really selfish in nature. I’ve learned in The Program that real prayer begins – not ends – in asking God to change me. In fact, that’s exactly what the Seventh Step suggests: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. We ask God for help through His grace, and the amazing thing is that such a prayer is answered if we truly want it to be. Our own wills are so much a required part of the result that it seems almost as if we had done it. But the help from God is even more necessary; without Him, we couldn’t possibly have done it alone.
Have I asked God to help me change myself?
Today I Pray
May I learn to pray broadly – that God’s will be done, that God remove my shortcomings. No need to specify what these shortcomings are; God who knows all, knows. May I learn that details are not necessary in my praying. All that matters is my humility and my faith that God, does indeed, have the Power to change my life.
Today I Will Remember
I ask God to change me.
AA Thought for the Day
“Those who do not recover are people who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault. They seem to be born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover, if they have the capacity to be honest.”
Am I completely honest with myself and with other people?
Meditation for the Day
You can make use of your mistakes, failures, losses and sufferings. It is not what happens to you so much as what use you make of it. Take your sufferings, difficulties and hardships and make use of them to help some unfortunate soul who is faced with the same troubles. Then something good will come out of your suffering and the world will be a better place because of it. The good you do each day will live on, after the trouble and distress have gone, after the difficulty and the pain have passed away.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I make make good use of my mistakes and failures. I pray that some good may result from my painful experiences.
Had Doctor Bob died in May 1935, he would have died a failure – a man who had wasted years of training and exceptional ability, a despair and a disappointment to his family, his profession and himself.
But Doctor Bob lived for fifteen more years, and accomplished more in that short span than the combined efforts of his entire profession in the treatment of the baffling disease of Alcoholism.
Medicine had treated the drunk like a guinea pig. Dr. Bob looked in the heart and soul of the man. He soon learned that the physical aspect of the case was the least and most temporary of the causes.