(Week 203) September 1, 2016 – Thursday Big Book Step Study
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Nearing the end of studying Bill W’s biography ’Pass It On’ .
The group will next read the stories at the back of the Big Book.
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Freedom from obsession comes at a price and the price: constant vigilance.
We cannot rest on our laurels.
Today’s reading: BB (4th ed.) P. 83 beginning para 3 – p.84 end of full para 1 “They will always materialize if we work for them.”
We’re currently in Steps 8 and 9; they are hard to separate. Step 8 is the approach position to making amends, to people we have hurt or harmed, the ‘GETTING READY’ stage. Step 9 is the actual ACTION of making amends.
P.83 para 3 is FULL of direction on how to approach doing amends. Remember: BE HUMBLE! But, ‘As G-d’s people we STAND ON OUR FEET; we don’t crawl before anyone.’
P. 83 para 4 is chock full of the Eighth Step promises with each new sentence.
Steps 1-8 get us ready to be at Step 9.
Look up: (p.83) postpone/ delay/ sensible/ tactful/ considerate/ humble/ servile/ scraping
(p.84) extravagant/ materialize
What is the “work” we must do for the Step 8 promises to materialize? Getting past our strong feelings of ‘why should I make amends to them? Look how they hurt me!’ – by naming and claiming what is ours to claim ( i.e. negative actions, character defects) and putting the intellect over the emotions. Doing so will also help us to not pick up another, different addiction in an effort to fill our ‘God hole’.
Rather, we must do the work in our Quiet Time, of going to God and asking, in our dis-ease, “what do I have to do to make things right?” This IS hard work; working through our character defects, bringing them to God in QT and praying on them for God to show us, clearly, what we must know and do to correct our part. We live IN COMMUNITY and we look for esteem. So to see our part and not wait for the other party to apologize IS the ‘hard work’.
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