When coming into the rooms of recovery we are often spiritually and morally bankrupt and spirituality is more than uncomfortable it is unrecognizable liken onto when shadows recoil from the light.
Often times an out side power source is sought in order to begin the weaning off process from the all consuming self destructive ego.
For the ego will sacrifice the body on the altar of pride in a vain attempt to stay alive, the preacher said: vanities of vanities all is vanity.
And our rebellious uniqueness often times demands a power greater than ourselves ( If not but a towers height, surely a head and a shoulder) some take idle idols found in the natural world, some that are irrationally profane, and some even default to the God of their fathers. For all are welcome in our spiritual kindergarten of pain.
For they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they must not know these things, lest they perish. Joseph Ben Joseph
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. Saul T
Time takes time and as we grow spiritually we also grow in effectiveness and in understanding.
There is nothing as unforgiving as an old road that has just been mended so too a sinner who has just become a saint.
The bigger the sinner the greater the saint
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
The stupid never forgive and always forgets, the naive always forgives and always forgets, as the wise always forgives but never forgets
(No matter how far down the scale we have gone our experiences can help others, the further down the scale, the greater the ability to help)
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
Forgiveness is giving up all hopes of revenge.
Some of the best Christians I ever met were atheists.
To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition. Woody Allen
An atheist says there is no God and lives like there is one, and the agnostic says
There might be a God and lives like there isn’t.
The atheist can’t find God for the same reason a thief can not find a policeman.
How often does the Christian turn the gospels into commerce? When trading goods and services for the exchange of a particular behavior or a refrain from such to avoid a spiritual debit or to receive a spiritual credit in an endless cycle of deposits and withdrawals, banking on the accumulation of a sufficient where with all to insert an amount to turn about the pearly gate turnstile. Or to avoid the singe that comes from within by putting off quenching the worldly burn that has charred a gaping hole in the spiritual pocket book.
Honesty, kindness, humility, charity, love and service are their own rewards for they are but seeds that are sown that harvest the spiritual fruits that are sweet to the taste and most desirable, acceptance, serenity and peace of mind.
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Jeshua Ben Joseph
If you always do the next right thing, it will surprise some and amaze the rest. Mark Twain
The atheist just does the next right thing, because it is the next right thing to do. He tolerates his neighbor for he would have the same consideration in return, Having no law there is no punishment affixed having no yard stick he can only measure by and through the consequence of behavior. He does not trample upon because he would not be trampled and having little or no fear from the commitment of sin, for he was never been introduced to the father of all lies, he is usually comfortable with the truth as a very practical way to get by.
No fear of hell, for it rings no bell, and paradise was never lost because none could ever be found, that all there is, is right here and right now, and life is just what you make of it, he walks in the sparks of fiery thoughts in a self propelled ignition.
The good news is that it is not required by the program to believe in God, and its not required by God to believe in him either, for it is agreed “Chose you this day whom you will serve” as this puts all men on equal ground and choice remains the cornerstone of the program of recovery as well as all spiritual growth.
“If a person wants to be atheist, it’s his God-given right to be an atheist.” Michael Patton
The agnostic lives in the dim undefined shadows of neither faith nor fact, a wanderer on the borders of outer darkness a no mans land of non commitment and refuses to make a conventional stand and thus will fall for the philosophy of man, assuring the promise of ease and comfort that regales in a pompous rebellion.
He cries, lo demands more time so he can procrastinates the day of decision with undefined cause to add to his every widening confusion never to reach a strategic conclusion. Neither fare nor foul, hot nor cold to only be spewed from the mouth as being Lukewarm from a defiantly embolden regurgitation.
The hedonist lives in the addiction of physical distraction and will toss in his bed like a broken hinge in his head, but he too can get well if he has the capacity to be honest.
The trudge is a shoulder to shoulder journey with purpose of conviction, for we are exclusively all inclusive. We are less than kin and more than kind with no judgment to be found; for love and tolerance is our code and service to our fellow beings we have found to be the lightest load.
For when we are in the service of our fellow beings are we not in the service of our God and in that service and in that moment are we not divorced from self delusion, self seeking, and self pity and in the service and in that moment is that not when we make our conscious contact with our creator, who lives from moment to moment, eternity to eternity, life ever lasting, the magic words in N.A. is Now in Action and in A.A. it is Action and more Action for faith without works is dead.
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