SQUIRREL NOTES: For so long I’ve been resistant to the idea of my recovery having anything to do with prayer and spirituality, as it’s described in these readings. Why exactly isn’t clear, but I feel like the resistance isn’t making it easier or better but rather is serving as a hindrance. It’s step two, after all. Once I admit I’m powerless, SOMEONE has to be there with sufficient power to help me – so today I am going to choose to stop actively resisting those ideas and just go with it, admitting I don’t have all the answers myself, and maybe I will learn something through the whole experience. So with these thoughts, on to today’s reading!
“This is our road to spiritual growth. We change every day…This growth is not the result of wishing but of action and prayer.” – Basic Text, p. 37
Our spiritual condition is never static; if it’s not growing, it’s decaying. If we stand still, our spiritual progress will lose its upward momentum. Gradually, our growth will slow, then halt, then reverse itself. Our tolerance will wear thin; our willingness to serve others will wane; our minds will narrow and close. Before long, we’ll be right back where we started: in conflict with everyone and everything around us, unable to bear even ourselves.
Our only option is to actively participate in our program of spiritual growth. We pray, seeking knowledge greater than our own from a Power greater than ourselves. We open our minds and keep them open, becoming teachable and taking advantage of what others have to share with us. We demonstrate our willingness to try new ideas and new ways of doing things, experiencing life in a whole new way. Our spiritual progress picks up speed and momentum, driven by the Higher Power we are coming to understand better each day.
Up or down-it’s one or the other, with very little in between, where spiritual growth is concerned. Recovery is not fueled by wishing and dreaming, we’ve discovered, but by prayer and action.
Just for Today: The only constant in my spiritual condition is change. I cannot rely on yesterday’s program. Today, I seek new spiritual growth through prayer and action.