Today’s Voices of Recovery entry quotes page 12 of  The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous,  “ …we focused on others’ faults and thought for hours about what they should do to solve their problems, while our own problems went unsolved.”  There is nothing like what’s wrong with others to distract everyone from what’s wrong with me!  Magnifying glass and microphone were all I needed to keep secret the plank in my own eye while broadcasting news reports about the speck in yours (Reference Matthew 7:5).  Gentle and loving Father, keep me focused on becoming more like You intend me to be rather than on people’s disappointment of my expectations.

 

Proverbs 23 warns against several indulgences of self, but, perhaps because of my current financial state, the one on my mind today needed the instruction concerning money in verses 4 and 5, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.  Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”  I cannot think of one craving of man that isn’t fleeting.  Once an eater binges, he is left with a momentary full stomach but an empty heart and pantry.  When a drunkard drinks he has stupor for a moment then thirsts again.  A greedy miser gets nothing.  He isn’t satisfied with what he has; what he does buy brings him no pleasure; and since he shares with no one, even his friends despise him.  When job, housing, and money markets fall, this man is deserted by the graceful beauty of the eagle in which he trusted and is visited instead by vulture and raven. 

 

1 Samuel 19 tells of Saul’s rising anger with David, a thwarted attempt on David’s life, a failed death squad dispatch, and a strange manifestation of the Spirit of God.  Verse 9 describes “an evil spirit from the LORD” that came upon Saul and threw him into a murderous rage.  Then, as he pursued his fleeing victim, he happened upon the presence of Samuel the prophet and the Spirit of God.  His spiritual experience seems to have so intoxicated him that “he walked along prophesying…stripped off his robes and…lay that way all day and night.” (verses 23 and 24).  Magnificent Holy Spirit, come into my heart and life in such a way that You infect all I say and do; and let all the petty pursuits of my flesh be forgotten.

 

Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks – drinks which they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, from “The Doctor’s Opinion” pages xxviii and xxix.)

 

Amazingly, the preacher at church today referenced a parallel Scripture to today’s Proverb in 1 Timothy 6:10, “Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  The message was about being content with what one has, and is nicely summarized in 1 Timothy 6:6, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”  



I am adding a serving of brown rice or its equivalent 150 calories to my lunch to balance out the recent inadvertent weight loss.  This has the approval of my sponsor, and will be adjusted if and as necessary.
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