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Old 03-20-2013, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING

Fear . . . of economic insecurity will leave us.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84

Having fear reduced or eliminated and having economic circumstances improve, are two different things. When I was new in A.A., I had those two ideas confused. I thought fear would leave me only when I started making money. However, another line from the Big Book jumped off the page one day when I was chewing on my financial difficulties: "For us, material well-being always followed spiritual progress; it never preceded." (p. 127). I suddenly understood that this promise was a guarantee. I saw that it put priorities in the correct order, that spiritual progress would diminish that terrible fear of being destitute, just as it diminished many other fears.

Today I try to use the talents God gave me to benefit others. I've found that is what others valued all along. I try to remember that I no longer work for myself. I only get the use of the wealth God created, I never have "owned" it. My life's purpose is much clearer when I just work to help, not to possess.



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Great read. My wife is currently looking for work, and it's been some time now. My wages don't exactly cover everything and savings have been dwindling. But we don't stress over it - we pray, do the legwork needed and still give where we need to give to help others. We have put our complete faith in that we will get what we need as needed, and that something will come. Sure, every now and then she will find herself stressed about it, but we just know something will turn up. The fear is second to our faith in what the Great Plan is and we just continue to do His will, and know we will be provided for.
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I felt and thought this way about this promise for a while. They definitely are two different things, because I was convinced my fear would only leave if/when I had money, finally. So not true.
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Paul you said something that is very important in that yeah I can pray but doing the foot work is essential to. a little paraphrasing there.
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