Here is a powerful paragraph from the AA Twenty Four Hours a Day book:
“There is beauty in a God-guided life. There is wonder in the feeling of being led by God. Try to realize God’s bounty and goodness more and more. God is planning for you. Wonderful are His ways–they are beyond your knowledge. But God’s leading will enter your consciousness more and more and bring you ever more peace and joy. Your life is being planned and blessed by God. You may count all material things as loss, if they prevent your winning your way to the consciousness of God’s guidance.”
Many of us despair and think our lives are chaotic with no purpose and no final destination. We feel like unimportant grains of sand on a vast beach, with no impact on the universe. The truth is that God knew each one of us before we were born, and He designed a life plan and purpose for each one of us. Each of us has been blessed by God with special spiritual gifts that will enable us to complete our mission. Often times, we are our own worst enemy. We reject God’s will for our lives and pursue what the world tells us to do. We block ourselves from achieving greater spiritual strength and faith. We develop interest only in selfish things and we reject helping others.
We close our minds to the invisible world, as we are constantly bombarded with over stimulation in a world that is moving too fast. “Quiet times and meditation” which are so vital to our spiritual health, are crowded out by the world. I had a job for ten years ago that was extremely lucrative, but everyday I had an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach that was telling me that something was terribly wrong. The job was in sales and some of what the employer expected us to do, went against my own basic morality. Many of the people working there had the “golden handcuffs” syndrome. They felt that the money was so good that they could not justify leaving for another job paying half as much. So the world was telling them what to do, not their own hearts and consciences. That job was not God’s will for my life. There were no opportunities to genuinely help other human beings, and make a positive difference in their spiritual lives. I resigned from that job and published a book, “Saved By The Prince Of Peace–Dungeon To Sky.” Please visit my website: dungeontosky.com. The purpose of my book is to give hope, encouragement, faith and love to the suffering addict who might think that they cannot recover. My book also helps friends and families of addicts.
Here is the full version of the Prayer of St. Francis:
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace. Where there is hatred. let me sow love, where there is injury, pardon, where there is doubt, faith, where there is despair, hope. where there is darkness, light, where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled, as to console; to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love, for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.”
The material world will always try to pull us away from the spiritual world. This is the constant battle: good versus evil, light versus darkness, right versus wrong, helping others versus selfishness and greed. With God’s help, we can win this battle and complete God’s mission for our lives. We know when we are on the right track.
Peace and Blessings to you!