However, continuing to maintain a conscious contact with a G.O.D. of our understanding ensures the spiritual fitness necessary for continued sobriety and a life that remains happy, joyous, and free.
~ AA Literature
In Step #11, we learn that this prayer life is an ongoing practice or exercise. If practiced daily, we will become more aligned with the spirit of the universe. We will become more sure-footed in our sobriety. And, we will find more peace and serenity in life, no matter the circumstances. A couple weeks ago, I told you of the deaths of 3 people in our AA ranks. One of the parents is a friend of mine. He has now decided that AA is not for him as well. My heart hurts for his isolation and pain. I cannot say I know how that feels to lose a child to this disease. But, I can tell you that drinking and leaving AA would not be on my list of solutions. I have lost 2 siblings and a parent to this disease (and many friends as well); but those deaths were incentives to me to throw myself even more fully into the middle of AA and to devote even more energy into my relationship with my H.P. AA is my first defense against all that I do not want back into my life.
Here are some Step #11 questions for you:
- Have I sought God’s will for me today?
- Am I taking time to seek God’s will for me in prayer and meditation?
- Do I attend local AA meetings to carry the message of recovery and hear God’s will by listening to others share?
- Have a treated others today as if I was following God’s will? Be part of the solution today.