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January 14 – A Loving GOD

“Our understanding of a Higher Power is up to us….  The only suggested guidelines are that this Power be loving, caring, and greater than ourselves.”

Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text page 24

We’ve been told that we can believe in any kind of Higher Power we want as long as it is loving and, of course, greater than ourselves.  Some of us, however, have trouble with these requirements.  We either believe in nothing but ourselves, or we believe that anything that could be called “God” could only be cold-hearted and unreasonable, sending us bad luck on a whim.

Believing in a loving Power is quite a leap for some of us, for many reasons.  The thought of turning our will and lives over to the care of something we think might hurt us is sure to fill us with reluctance.  If we come into the program believing that God is judgmental and unforgiving, we must overcome those beliefs before we can be truly comfortable with the Third Step.

Our positive experiences in recovery can help us come to believe in a loving God of our own understanding. We’ve been given relief from a disease that has afflicted us for a long time.  We’ve found the guidance and support we need to develop a new way of life.  We’ve begun to experience a fullness of spirit where once there was only emptiness.  These aspects of our recovery have their source in a loving God, not a harsh, hateful one.  And the more we experience recovery, the more we’ll trust that loving Higher Power.

The process of coming to believe is similar for most addicts. Most of us lacked a working relationship with a Higher Power. We begin to develop this relationship by simply admitting to the possibility of a Power greater than ourselves. Most of us have no trouble admitting that addiction had become a destructive force in our lives. Our best efforts resulted in ever greater destruction and despair. At some point, we realized that we needed the help of some Power greater than our addiction. Our understanding of a Higher Power is up to us. No one is going to decide for us. We can call it the group, the program, or we can call it God. The only suggested guidelines are that this Power be loving, caring and greater than ourselves. We don’t have to be religious to accept this idea. The point is that we open our minds to believe. We may have difficulty with this, but by keeping an open mind, sooner or later, we find the help we need.

Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text page 24

Just for today:  I will open my mind and my heart to believe that God is loving, and trust my loving Higher Power to do for me what I cannot do for myself.

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Paul T
Learning to live life again and recovering from addiction

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