Overly Simplistic?

Overly Simplisitic?

Reading the Fourth Step in the 12 & 12 is not an overly simplistic suggestion when I am stressed . . . or complacent.  (The 12&12, page 50-51)

Sometimes I wish I could just tell the world You Need a Meeting! But that might be overly simplistic.  

Coming through the past four years has tested my understanding of letting go and holding tight.  

What is going on with me?!

from Anglican Christian Praying –Facebook

A quick Fourth Step can help me stay in the present tense of living. And on my side of the street. 

If other people are upsetting me, and I don’t think I’ve done anything . . .  

Maybe, I need more than just a  nightly checklist.  

If I have slipped into  CONTROL-Mode maybe I need  a closer look at “stuff” that messes with my emotional sobriety.


Which means checking on my prayer life.   

I can be more apologetic to a friend for being late or standing them up than I am to God for skipping over prayer and mediation. 

So, I found an AA’s pointed advice is oh so applicable for inventorying my prayer life: 

Show Up

Suit UP

Grow Up 

Show Up and Apologize to God for not showing up — 

If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings,
    who would stand a chance?
As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit,
    and that’s why you’re worshiped. ( Psalm 130 MSG )

 Pray — and Suit Up

You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet (Ephesians 6:10-18 )

Grow Up— Be Teachable 

“This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’ (Jeremiah 33:3) 

What do you think—

Thank you for your time — I appreciate it! 


Love in Christ,

Sober and Grateful 

not simplistic
a Prayer Aid from Greg Jones, Director Outreach/Operations at West Dallas Outreach
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