Friday, May 15, 2009

show up-own up-grow up

not just to meetings, in all facets
of life.
be it work, family commitments,
or social activities.
becoming and remaining available,
responsible and accountable.

owning up to past mistakes;
making amends and becoming
tolerant and accepting.
being honest in all aspects of life.
using restraint when necessary
and being considerate of others.

for many of the most challenging
is growing up.
letting go selfish wants, instant
gratification and immature behaviors.

the old party lifestyle has stunted
emotional growth in many of us.
we can "mature out" of that phase,
if we remain teachable and trustworthy.

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Shadow said...

mmm, i can understand the reluctance to grow up... but somewhere, some time, i guess we all have to...

Unknown said...

Dear Jack,

‘False god of The Shack is A.A.'s higher power'

By: John Lanagan

“See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)

In Alcoholics Anonymous, members can be divided into three groups:
1) Followers of the Biblical Jesus (who are generally silent about their faith due to A.A. hostility, or because A.A. is an idol) [2]

2) Those who bow to whatever higher power they individually envision—be it a tree, a spirit, or anything else.

3) Unsaved people who believe their higher power is “christ?”

There has always been a smattering of false deities designated “christ” by unsaved individuals swimming the black seas of A.A. spirituality. But this “smattering” may be about to increase significantly.

The Shack is beginning to seem far more than your simple, run-of-the-mill heresy. As sales continue to skyrocket, as a movie is inevitably made, as Oprah gives the book her approval, many in AA may find themselves redesigning their deities.

In other words, many a “higher power” will come to be understood as “christ.”We seem on the doorstep of that time when many—MANY—are going to be drawn to false versions of “jesus.”

“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)Love