Voices of Recovery makes a good point today, “…When I abstain, it is easier the next time.  I strengthen the habit of abstinence.  If I eat compulsively, I strengthen my compulsion.”  I have to remind myself sometimes that when thoughts of food or even cravings come, I am not a failure, but merely a compulsive overeater in recovery, continually reprogramming my spirit-mind-body response to such thoughts.  To occupy those craving thoughts is to live in them – to let them generate remorse of having them, and giving in to my emotional response by following it with the physical action of eating.  By the grace of God and through the spiritual reprogramming of OA, I am relieved, not of the thoughts, but of the preoccupation with those thoughts.  Affirmative actions affirm themselves.

 

Proverbs 11:27 says, “He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”  It sounds to me like we find what we look for.  That is a strong case for positive attitude and optimistic outlook!  Lord, help me to find the beauty and meaning in Your handiwork, and keep me from seeking the disparity between my wishes and reality.

 

Israel spent twenty years mourning and seeking the Lord once the Ark was returned.  In the process, they had to take an inventory and clean their side of the street before recovering from God’s absence.  “And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, ‘If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.’ So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.” (1 Samuel 7:3-4)  “Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines.  The towns…captured from Israel were restored…and there was peace…” (1 Samuel 7:13-14, emphasis mine)  God, I offer my whole self to You, and You only; and I look forward to the productive tool of service You will build from my imperfect offering.

 

The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe.  The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous.  He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 25)

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