“Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, Ch 9 (“The Family Afterward”), p 130.
Today, grant me understanding that the spiritual component of recovery is little more than faith without works if I fail to utilize it in service to the addict who still suffers, and if I neglect my responsibility to my spiritual development. That responsibility is, in part, strict adherence to my own Program while allowing others in recovery their Program that works for them, and in actively seeking participation in Program and group affairs before being asked. What I have received in the Program is not mine alone, and it cannot and will not grow if I keep it to myself. This is the essential expression of spirituality at work, to share with someone else how the Program led me to where I am now while helping them to find their way. I may think I have a spiritual connection with my Higher Power but, if I limit my contentment to myself, my faith is dead without service to others. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014