Sep 21: The ABCs

The ABCs

The ABCs are the topic for the week.

a – that we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives 
b – that probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism 
c – that God could and would if He were sought.

When I got to AA, I was full-blown alcoholic, a daily drinker, angry, hopeless, lonely, full of fear, and desperate. But, I knew nothing about the disease of alcoholism. I learned about it by sitting in meetings and listening to people share about their recovery. I related to just about everyone in some way, and I got some hope that I too could recover once I accepted that I had this disease, whether I wanted it or not.

You also told me that you could not cure me, I had to do my own work, but there was lots of help if I asked for it and was willing to take direction and do what you did. I had a wonderful sponsor who showed me what she did as we read the Big Book together. Finally, I had to learn to trust God and put my reliance there. I started to pray in the morning and at night, something I still do. Daily, I got a reprieve from drinking and gradually things got better as I stayed sober and worked the 12 steps.

As a result of being a member of AA, today I have complete trust that God “could and would if He were sought.” I love my sober life and treasure all of the adventures – easy ones, hard ones, happy ones, sad ones, failures and successes. It all adds up to growth and a life I could not have dreamed.

I am anxious to hear others share about their experience with the ABC’s.