A VISION FOR YOU
A VISION FOR YOU, is read at the end of many A.A. Meetings right before the ending prayer. It can be found on page 164, of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
VISION FOR YOU
Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we
know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to
you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation
what you can do each day for the man who is still sick.
The answers will come, if your own house is in order.
But obviously you cannot transmit something you
havent got. See to it that your relationship with Him is
right, and great events will come to pass for you and
countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God.
Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear
away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what
you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship
of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as
you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
May God bless you and keep you — until then.
A VISION FOR YOU
The primary objective of Step 12 .com -- is found on page 97 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous "Helping others is the foundation stone of your recovery" and page 89, "To be helpful is our only aim"
Still you may say: "But I will not have the benefit of
contact with you who write this book. We cannot be
sure. God will determine that, so you must remember
that your real reliance is always upon Him. He will show
you how to create the fellowship you crave.*"
Also found on ~page 164, Big Book
Step12.com first went online as a private web page for an A member to keep in touch with his sponsor and his Home Group members. That was in 1995 and not too many people were on the Internet back then -- unless they were on AOL! :-)
Few of his home group members were even emailing, other than going on AOL! But, it did help him cut down on his cross-country long-distance calls to check in, and get support. (Nearly $500 per month back then!)
Later, he began to use Step 12.com for 12 Step calls that he would initiate online -- and use the pages and a bulletin board to help support newcomers.
Often, when he was contacted online for help by another alcoholic, he would refer them to brick-and-mortar Inter groups and Central Offices. He kept an International and a U.S. Directory of phone numbers where he could call and make arrangements for local AA's to assist in 12 Step calls.
Many of the online 12 Step calls were from remote areas of the United States, and in countries and regions where there was no A for hundreds of miles near the newcomers. So, he began helping to take the newcomers through the 12 Steps -- Online and by telephone.
As a result -- many new A fellowships and meetings are now in those remote areas of the globe, as a result of God's work through Step 12.com, and with a simple minded A, with a Big Book, that was intent on helping other alcoholics to achieve and maintain sobriety -- as the major part of his own recovery!
It can be very tempting to substitute online meetings for real meetings. It is highly suggested, to go to real meetings where you can see -- and be seen by -- people in recovery. We need the real, live, fellowship with each other.
Many sober alcoholics -- that return to drinking, stopped going to real live meetings -- before they took the real, live drink -- that so often, takes their real live life.
While online Fellowship is good for us and for those that we attempt to help -- we also need face-to-face, in-person contact with other sober alcoholics, who are staying sober!
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Many of us alcoholics thought we could just stop drinking -- IF we ever got in so much trouble, or things ever got so bad -- that we really did want to quit! (Yes. The drug addicts amongst us -- felt that way, too!
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"RARELY HAVE we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you
have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it - then you are ready to take certain steps."
~Bill W., Page 58, Big Book.