Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday 10/20/09 - "PURPOSES"


God saved me from an alcoholic death. I could draw a line down the center of a piece of paper and list on one side of the line all the people in the world who have found sobriety. My name would be among them. I could then list on the other side of the line all those who have not found sobriety. If I then held that paper up and looked, the number of people not sober would be so very large that it would be impossible to even see the names of the sober individuals. (I heard this description from a well known Alcoholics Anonymous speaker, Sister Maurice.)

That kind of mental visual impresses me greatly. It reinforces my belief that I was saved for a reason. I have received a glimpse of God's purposes in my life as my sobriety has unfolded and as events have occurred.

These are some of the things I believe God saved me to do:

First and most importantly, I have an obligation and a desire to fulfill the 12th step of my Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon programs. It tells me that I am to carry the message of sobriety to other alcoholics and the message of hope to those affected by someone else's alcoholism. I am to "pass it on".

God's purpose for me has been to watch my children grow and be present for their graduations from high school and college. I was meant to be whatever example I am to the two of them. It was meant for me to be able to share in the joy of my son finding a woman he loves and to be at their wedding. It is God's will that I be able to shed some guiding light into the life of my daughter who is finding her way out of confusion.

God led me to join the catholic church. It was in that church that God first brought to my awareness my gift of a healing touch. I would never have predicted this outcome of my sobriety. It is God's purpose that I use this gift.

I sense God's purpose somewhere in all of the happenings of my life. I assume that "if it is happening, it must be God's will". I do my best to keep the following truths in my mind as I live one-day-at-a-time.

One - God has His purposes.

Two - God's purposes are often none of my business. I don't need to know what they are. I just need to seek to do God's will.

Three - I must not limit God. If God has a purpose for me to fulfill, then God will give me the power to carry it out.

Living God's purpose for my life today,

Prayer Girl


Steve E. said...

Your life has been enhanced by love for your children, and love of you by your children.

I became the role model for "abandonment"...always had a feeling of failing in the "family" department. Maybe I should have lived a life of "single blessedness" yeah--right.

If I keep up this line, I'll start singing the lullaby "Poor Me"...

Peace! and LOVE!

Just Be Real said...

Great post PG! Yes, we all were saved for a reason, amen! Blessings to you and yours!

Marcia said...

"if it's happening, it must be God's will"....hmmmmmso it it's NOT happening, is that God's will too? I struggle with the having the power to carry it out sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Your last three points sums it up nicely, yes? I like the point about us not needing to know what God's purpose is. We just need to be willing to do God's will.

Love to you.

Madison said...

Beautiful. God's purpose is none of my business. Love that. I think if He told us ahead of time what His plans were, we'd get all stressed out and try to make them happen. In not knowing, there is peace. Then He always seems to do more than we'd ever expect.

Dulce said...

It's so great to have purposes, otherwise... boredom, depressin and the like would be there to grasp us.
Beautiful post ***

Andrea said...

GOD most certainly has a purpose for each of us. GOD bless you for posting such an honest, heartfelt post, today.
Blessings, andrea

diane d said...

Beautiful! And so true!! He knows so much better than we do what we need and what He created us to be and do.

Syd said...

I think that God saved you for a purpose too. And he has saved me from myself. I am grateful to be of service. I don't need to ask the "why" question. I just need to believe.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I get caught up in why a lot, always have. When I let go of the why and just ask what next the answer becomes clear.

DreamDancer said...

God's purpose is none of my business.. gives me something to think about. Thanks, as always, for sharing, PG. Love, DD

Tari said...

Nice reminder. Sometimes it's easy to forget that our Higher Power is in charge, and that there might be a purpose that isn't shown to us in the moment.

Lou said...

I'm so glad that I came to AlAnon already a believer. I never had to struggle with "turning my will over to God" because I already knew he was there. Some people in the fellowship have such a hard time with that..I find that sad.