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The Big Book

The 12 and 12

24 Hours a Day

My will

can get me in trouble.

I usually set goals

based on desire.

My higher power wants

to give me what I need

But, I want what I want,

not what I need.

and there is the problem

and I’m left dazed and confused.

My will usually seeks pleasure, avoids pain,

and generally keeps me concerned with

self and not anyone else.  

I think my higher  wants me to be concerned for

other people first.

So, I need a program to help me align

my will with God’s will

But how do I do this?

Well, that is the topic tonight

God’s Will and My Will

Cristie, let’s start with you tonight…

Let’s start with Self Will

What do you think “self will” or “My Will” means?

When do you think self will is good for you?

When do you think self will is bad for you?

What do you think is a healthy “self will”?

When do you think when “self will” becomes unhealthy?

How do you think self will and desires relate?

The 11th steps tells us that

we are to pray only for God’s will.

We may have also heard the prayer “Thy Will, not My will”

What do you think Thy Will or “God’s will” means?

Some people say,

the program gives me what I need

Not what I want.

What are your thoughts on needs versus wants

and how they relate with happiness.

Have you ever sensed God’s Will in your life? Explain, how did you feel, what did you do?

How do you use the program to align your will with God’s will?

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Rob C




Socrates once said

"Life contains but two tragedies.

One is not to get your heart's desire;

the other is to get it"?

let’s talk about this

Have you ever accomplished a goal and it felt empty?

Have you ever attempted to accomplish a goal and failed and you felt resentful?

What happens to you when your will doesn’t match up with God’s will?

Let’s talk about some recovery tools that can help us comprehend God’s will for us.

The acceptance statement and the serenity prayer

Are you familiar with the Acceptance statement on page 417 of the big book?

Acceptance is the answer to ALL of my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation- some fact of my life- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept my life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.

How does the acceptance statement help?

What about the serenity prayer?

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

Does the serenity prayer help? How?

Check out this episode!

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