Daily Reflections November 13

I’m an alcoholic. I drink every day. It’s not that bad, right? You should see what my friends are doing! They’re drinking even more than me!

Surely they have a problem, but I’m fine – just like the alcohol commercials say… But really, am I? My mind is constantly cloudy and my thoughts are always racing. Is this normal for an addict or is it time to make some changes in my life?

Daily Reflections November 13

We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no requests for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 87

My experience with alcohol was a cycle of selfishness that I allowed to take over my life.

The first step in overcoming this addiction is learning how not to be so attached or focused on what drinking can provide for me, but rather seek deeper meaning through prayer and caring about others’ well-being too!

I am a recovering alcoholic and that is the only way to describe me. The difference between then and now, however, is my faith in God.

I have learned how important it is for us as Christians to pray not just for ourselves but also for others who are around us – especially those we love most dearly with all our hearts.

In practicing this discipline of letting go of selfish attachments through prayer, caring for my fellows, and preparing myself spiritually so that one day I will be required to let go of earthly attachments too, I find peace within myself which has been lacking since before Alcoholics Anonymous was ever founded.

This kind of joy cannot be found anywhere else on earth!