410 Day 10 of a 40-Day Practice

 410 Day 10 of a 40-Day Practice

This is Day Ten of Lou-is' 40-Day feasting on his or her individual heart's desire, which is something he or she wants to attain and to fast from everything that is unlike it. This project is to build the Spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and social equivalent or container to enable him or her to change and keep that change, by practice. TODAY: IT WORKS

DAY TEN OF A FORTY-DAY PRACTICE

MY MISSION STATEMENT - I am devoted, dedicated, committed to experiencing Your Presence, Father consciously, consistently within me and everywhere present. I want to know, to realize, to live for Your Will for me, empowered by Your loving grace. My mission in now clear, I need, I want to share all I am given with whomever You Will, Father. I look to You as my only Source to provide me with everyone and everything it takes to carry out the Mission You gave me. Thank You.

TODAY: IT WORKS

Some of our A.A. meetings close saying the Lord's Prayer add, "It works if you work it". Some also add, "and it won't if you don't". I am happy we did not use that ending when I first came in A.A. I was unable to do much in the way of working the Steps or open to the fellowship.

This extra closing statement sends a mixed message. I was a Third Tradition guy at first, "The only requirement for A. A. Membership is a desire to stop drinking." If I were told that the Program would not work unless I worked it I am not sure I could have made it. I like the way it’s written on Page 88 of the Big Book – It works – it really does. I now realize our Program continued to work in my life by the grace of our Higher Power when I was unable to do much more than just show up. At a closing statement, "It works if you work it", I say, It works period.

Until I was able not only not drink but work the Steps the best I could and to join this most loving fellowship, I was just dry, not sober. After many years of sober life I can recall times when I just showed up and didn’t drink or do other crazy stuff, that was enough. (See the Workshop on Spiritual Transformation)

I was in a meeting yesterday at my home group when a wet alcoholic (he was one of us, not yet recovered) came in. I pray he will keep coming back no matter what. By the grace of our Higher Power he may accept a little tender mercy. If he chooses he can join us at this awakening place. I did not drink after I came in the Program, but I did not catch this dis-ease for about six months of going to meetings. At some point I realize by identifying with others who were calling themselves alcoholic that I was one also. By going to A.A. meetings and hanging out with other alcoholics I was hearing a lot more than I thought I was. The statement "keep coming back" has a special place in my heart.

QUESTIONS

How does your home group close its meetings?

What kept you coming back until you caught on to the Program?

Random Awakening

“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” (C. G. Jung)