Why We Were Chosen

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Why We Were Chosen

Postby wareagle10 » Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:48 am

GOD in HIS wisdom selected this group of men and women to be the purveyors of HIS goodness. In selecting them through whom to bring about this phenomenon HE went not to the proud, the mighty, the famous or the brilliant. HE went instead to the humble, to the sick, to the unfortunate. HE went right to the drunkard, the so-called weakling of the world. Well might HE have said to us: "Unto your weak and feeble hands I have entrusted a power beyond estimate. To you has been given that which has been denied the most learned of your fellow. Not to Scientists or Statesmaen, not to wives or mothers, not even to my Priests or Ministers have I given this gift of healing other alcoholics which I entrust to you".

"It must be used unselfishly; it carries with it grave responsibility. No day can be too long; no effort too great. It must be used with tolerance for I have restricted its application to no race, no creed, and no denomination. Personal criticism you must expect; lack of appreciation will be common; ridicule will be your lot; your motives will be misjudged. You must be prepared for adversity, for what men call adversity is the ladder you must use to ascend the rungs toward spiritual perfection, and remember, in the exercise of this power, I shall not exact from you beyond your capabilities".

"You are not selected because of exceptional talents, and be careful always, if success attend your efforts, not to ascribe to personal superiority that to which you can lay claim only by virtue of my gift. If I had wanted learned men to accomplish this mission, the power would have been entrusted to the physician and scientist. If I had wanted eloquent men, there would have been many anxious for the assignment, for talk is the easiest used of all talents with which I have endowed mankind. If I had wanted scholarly men, the world is filled with better qualified men than you who would be available. You were selected because you have been the outccasts of the world and your long experience as drunkards has made or should make you humbly alert to the cries of distress that come from the lonely hearts of alcoholics everywhere".

"Keep ever in mind the admission you made on the day of your profession in Alcoholics Anonymous, namely that you are powerless and that it was only with your willingness to turn your life and will unto my keeping that relief came to you".

I hope that you find comfort in knowing "why" you were chosen to be alcoholic.

Take care and straight ahead, John.

PS: This was taken from Lyle Bauer's Daily Reprieve, May your God be with you Lyle. I loved you then and I love you now, you just keep teaching me, thanks.

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Thats beutiful

Postby 918gma » Sat Jun 10, 2006 7:25 pm

I have heard it before and liked it then.
I was at a meeting the other night, and as usual I brought my character defects with me. There was a gentleman there that one look at him and I was telling myself, he couldn't possibly say any thing I would need to hear. Then he opened his mouth. Boy did I feel like crap. Pure poetry in message. He talked about changing old ides for new. That to think with a positive aditude was very hard, but well worth the effort. He told about the first prayer he uttered after deciding to get sober. He said grace over the hot dog he had found in the dumpster, and for having enough air in his lungs to even utter a prayer. I was never there, but I could feel the humility oozing from his every word. I forget to even thank HIM for what I have, much less for the privilege of doing his will.
The only one that could possible do HIS will with another alcoholic is one that could understand where he has been.

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Postby wareagle10 » Sun Jun 11, 2006 2:47 pm

Wow!!! Can you believe that what you need comes at time and place and from a source that you never imagined. Saying grace over a hot dog found in the trash. If that doesn't make you grateful and take thought then I don' know. That was/is a great post and story. I doubt, probably not true, that I will throw another tantrum over my breakfast again. Ha.

Thank you for that post, my attitude has just changed, for how long I don't know, but I am going to enjoy it while its here visiting.

Take care and straight ahead, John.

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Postby Rusty Zipper » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:03 pm

for me, my thoughts on this have changed, developed, and have mello'd ... today, im a big destiny fan. i can help , make, mold, change, re-format, alter, and yes, even ruin my destiny. for me again, it comes down to choices. all the choices in my life so far as it is, has lead to to almost a suicidal death, and to a life beyond my wildest dreams. by learning how to make choices, and accepting the outcome. good bad, or indifferent, seeing the positives in all of them, and learning from the negatives,have kept me from not only useing, also to be on a return from that Soul Vacation i was on for 48 years of my now 53 on this planet. my destiny so far has lead me to meeting some incredable folks, including myself, having amazing events unfold right before my eyes, opportunities all over the place, facing some real hardships, and having a inner peace, that no booze, drug, or pill has ever given me. for me, i believe its teamwork, when i'm working with my Power That Be, God, my Destiny has changed for the better... Faith, and lots of it is my side-kick for today, and my tommorow ............................................

all good wishes, and give only love ..................... (_RZ_)

ps, my father, my grandfather were alk'ys. I accept full responsibility for my ism's ... no blame, no shame... I did it with choices, wrong?, Hmmm, good question ... i'm here today and clean and sober... " Destiny" and a happy one ...... i have gotten one hell of a Soul Vaccination

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