That's a very inspirational message.
I often remember the price that our Founders and the Pioneers of A.A. paid, and those that came after them, and those that came before me. Had there not been their dedication and efforts and self-sacrifices, there would have been nothing left for me.... period. No spiritual tools. Just the lonely, miserable, painful end.
But, because of their sacrifices and efforts, and a wonderful loving God that was guiding them, helping them, and working through them, a solution was provided to all of us alcoholics that have suffered.
And, today, if an alcoholic continues to suffer, it's because of one of two reasons:
1. They are unwilling to get honest enough with themselves, unwilling to make the effort, and unwilling to accept with humility, the hopelessness and powerlessness of their circumstances, and unwilling to at least attempt to believe in the power of God, and pick up that precious spiritual tool-kit and make use of it.
2. They are the unfortunate ones... the alcoholics that are still suffering, because they have not yet heard the message of the program and the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
While we may think often of the fact that many alcoholics that have heard the Message of Alcoholics Anonymous and rejected it -- there are many, many, many others -- right in our own communities and neighborhoods, as well as around the world -- that have not had the opportunity to hear about Alcoholics Anonymous.
For those of us who have been blessed with having the Message brought to us, we need to be always mindful, that there are other alcoholics and their loved ones, their families, friends and relatives, employers, judges, doctors, clerics and pasters.... that have not heard our Message of Hope for the alcoholic that still suffers. For this -- we are all, as sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous, responsible to be here -- to be there -- so that they can find us so that they will reach out to us, and we can let them know that we have been given the Power to help them recover.
May that Loving God continue to guide us, and direct us, and give us the strength and power and motivation to reach out to our brothers and sisters of suffering, regardless of who or where they are.