A Daily Reprieve “Pay Forward” #264


Today’s “Pay Forward” gift is – A Daily Reprieve. I wasn’t in Alcoholics Anonymous for long before I caught fire. I became an A.A. “crusader.” Pay-phones were a nickel, so I got a good supply and started making the rounds of the car dealerships. I was I used car dealer, and I knew we had lots of A.A. prospects, just waiting to be saved. This state of mind had to be corrected. My ideas of a Higher Power, and my relationship to Him had to undergo a great change. I run into a good deal of resistance, as you can imagine. Having had a spiritual awakening, and caring the message with the vision fixed on the idea of one Presence and one Power, adverse thoughts and conditions begin to disappear. However, I learned - “What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” When I would fall in an old ditch of the illusion of separation from our Father, I run into opposition or adversity, my growing spiritual consciousness seem to be stoned to death. However, our True Self cannot be destroyed. It revives as soon as we pick up A.As’ spiritual principles and put them into action. This way of life does arouse combativeness. Our problems come from our personal “reality.” Selfish, self-centered thoughts will stir up opposition to the life I have come to enjoy, while radical gentle, loving ideas set our feet back on the pathway Home. Thy Love, Thy Will be done.