Monday, June 22, 2009

Punitive...

I spent a good part of the day doing research into AA's Warranty 5:

"that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy"


Of course, the only way I could figure out how to do that was to look at all that I could find on the web about where AA had been personally punitive or in the throws of public controversy.

...there is a lot...

One of the things I love most about AA history (distant past and recent) is that, at our core, from the very beginning, we have been and probably always will be a bunch of drunks. We don't deserve this recovery program. From the get-go, we have been eager to either sell it, hide it, or burn it down. From Bill and Bob on (but especially Bill), we have been first, last and always - drunks.

Please don't get me wrong.

I really love this thing (AA) and I an grateful for and honor the suffering and hard work that has gone on through our AA history to preserve our message and our fellowship.

But the only explanation that I can come up with as to why we've survived 74+ years is God's grace.

And, I think based on that we might survive into the future as well - that's my hope...

5 comments:

Steve E. said...

Ed, I'm glad it's you who enjoy doing the research. If it was left to me--it would not get done.

But your work is commendable. Your conclusion--well I reached that without the research I guess.

Just that I am so grateful, and God gives me stuff to do (as He does you) and I give it my best shot--usually. And then He teaches me more--or again, whichever...

Mary Christine said...

It is my hope too. And sometimes I lose it. I am grateful for your humility and your understanding that we could never deserve this incredible blessing of recovery.

Syd said...

Ed, I hope that AA will continue into the future also. I don't want to see it change in such a way from its origins that it no longer is a refuge for the sick and suffering. It's people like you who understand the history and will keep it going.

Scott W said...

We can be humble and deserving at the same time.

Prayer Girl said...

Left to my own devices, I am apt to screw things up.

God showed me who was really in charge the day He gave me the gift of sobriety.

I believe AA is a God-given and God-maintained program.

Prayer Girl