Over the past couple of years, my faith in a Higher Power has evolved into a faith in Jesus Christ. It's not that I didn't believe in Christ before, I've just come to know Him differently, more personally. I've come to know him as the Son of God, one of the Holy Trinity: the three "forms" of God if you will. I've come to believe that it's not enough just to claim Christ as my Lord and Saviour, but to try to live my life as He asked us to. Not only did he ask us to come to the Father through Him, but he expects us to live a certain way, doing good works, loving one another as a sign of our discipleship to Him. He's asked us to live by our Father's Commandments in order that we be known as followers of Christ. And so, it is this deeper relationship with Christ I seek. It's not enough for me just to say I believe and therefore I am saved and "going to make it..." so to speak. I need to continue to learn, continue to strive to live a life closer to what Jesus taught, to pick up my Cross and follow him. I also must spread His message to those who would be willing to hear it, and so I share what I believe with those of you who are willing to read this far.
What on earth has this got to do with recovery you ask? Well, it is only through AA that I have come to this spiritual place in my life. I was such an outspoken non-religious person back in the day, and for years into recovery. AA gave me the freedom to learn and grow with an HP of my understanding. AA also gives me the duty no to judge others for their beliefs, whatever they may be. Thankfully, my HP also expects me not to judge others, but to treat everyone whom I encounter with love and kindness. Pretty awesome HP, eh?? :-)
prayer for today...
HP, please keep me sober just for today, and thank You for my faith, health, family, AA and all the wonderful blessings in my life. I ask for Your strength and courage for my grandma and my uncle as they deal with their illnesses. Please help me do what I can to help them in whatever way You see fit. Also, I pray that I might be more patient and tolerant with my wife as I struggle with that on a daily basis. It's odd how we're able to struggle the most to treat those we're supposed to be closest to with love, tolerance and respect. Yet, I can show the newcomer to AA, a customer, a stranger with more compassion than I sometimes show those closest to me.
peace be with you all!