Side Benefits “Pay Forward” #239

Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – Side Benefits. Just not drinking when I first came to A.A. was far more than I expect. I could hardly believe I wanted to be around a group of sober alcoholics and believe they wanted to share their blessing. They let me take part in service work; showing me how to get out of myself. Coming to believe I could have a living, loving relationship with our Creator was the answer for my powerlessness. The following was written by one of my heroes. “No Greater Love – The Essential Wisdom of Mother Teresa. What we need is to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. What are these drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of looking, of speaking, and of acting. Do not look for Jesus [your Higher Power] away from yourselves. His not out there; He is in you. Keep your lamp burning, and you will recognize Him.” “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” “What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s Will into all our activities.” “How can I best serve thee – Thy Will (not mine) be done.”