The idea of alcoholics anonymous is quite simple.
It’s a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Daily Reflections July 10
. . . when we have taken a square look at some of these defects, have discussed them with another, and have become willing to have them removed, our thinking about humility commences to have a wider meaning.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 74
Sometimes, when I’m being pushed through life’s tough times and it feels like there is nothing for me to hold onto in order to keep my head above water.
When this happens, easy as it may be said that prayer can help make things better–that truly isn’t always the case- but what helps more than anything else…is having a friend close by who listens without judgement or criticism.
I know I’m not perfect, but at least now that my shortcomings are revealed and I’ve asked God to remove them from me, it feels a lot better.
The situation might not change either way – the world will still frown on me for being intolerant or too self-reliant or afraid of something – but as long as there’s peace in knowing that someone else is handling things instead of just myself, then why should anyone care about what an imperfect person can do?
I hope this blog post has helped you recognize the power and importance of looking at your character defects as a way to improve yourself.
God is always willing to help us remove our shortcomings, but we need to ask for His assistance first. In order to receive divine aid though, it’s important that we be humble enough in acknowledging our mistakes and asking Him for guidance on how best to resolve them.
We can’t do anything without prayer!
Please let me know if there are any additional questions or comments about my experience with self-acceptance through pain.
Thanks so much for reading!