“Lord, make me a channel of thy peace—that where there is hatred, I may bring love—that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness—that where there is discord, I may bring harmony—that where there is error, I may bring truth—that where there is doubt, I may bring faith—that where there is despair, I
In a nutshell, step 11 says to discover the plan God, as you understand him, has for your life and find the power to carry it out. AA states it is non-religious but rather spiritual in design, and as its cornerstone, members should find a higher purpose or higher power.
At some point in our sobriety, we begin to believe in the promises of sobriety laid out in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous : Promise 1: We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. Promise 2: We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. Promise 3: We will comprehend the word serenity.
Step Three Promises Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing, we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life.
When you pray , say Two versions of this prayer are recorded in the gospels: a longer form within the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, and a shorter form in the Gospel of Luke when “one of his disciples said to him, ‘ Lord , teach us to pray , as John taught his disciples.'” (Luke 11:1 NRSV).
Step Nine . “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” GOOD judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage, and. prudence—these are the qualities we shall need when we take Step Nine .
It says in the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 84 “And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol,” We have to be reminded that we have offered our self to God, and he is now in the driver’s seat.
It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong also. But are there no exceptions to this rule?
God, grant me the serenity. To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
The main principles underneath each of the 12 steps: Acceptance. Hope. Faith. Courage. Honesty. Willingness. Humility. Responsibility.
Some A.A. slogans can be used as topics —such as “Live and Let Live,” “Easy Does It,” “First Things First,” and “H.A. LT.” (Don’t get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired).
We begin to live our lives by the principles of Honesty, Open-Mindedness, Willingness, Trust, Surrender and Faith . As we live Step Three in our daily lives, we do our best to do the right thing for the right reason.