LIFE SUCKS BETTER CLEAN is an information and relief source for those in recovery from addiction and those thinking about getting clean. Unapproved program wisdom here with contributions from NA, AA, and other 12 Step program members: Some laughs, some hints, some tears, a bit of grit now and then, and a lot of hope.
Monday, March 13, 2017
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
One way to look at it:
Velveeta got clean, she found herself in serious financial trouble. Her
business had gone bust and she was in dire financial straits. She was so
desperate that she decided to go straight to her higher power for help. She
prayed, “God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I don't get some
money, I'm going to lose my home and car as well. Please let me win the
night of the drawing came, Vel held her breath waiting for the announcement,
and, sad to tell, someone else was the winner. The next morning the bank
foreclosed on her home.
and thinking that she hadn’t prayed hard enough, she prayed again, this time
getting down on her knees in the snow. “God, please let me win the lottery!
I've lost my business, my home, and I'm going to lose my car as well.”
night of the next drawing came, Vel held her breath and crossed her fingers
waiting for the announcement, and, sad to tell, someone else was the winner.
The next morning the repo man came and took her car.
Velveeta prayed again, this time lying prostrate on the ice. “My God, my god, why
hast thou forsaken me? I have lost my business, my house, and my car. My
children will starve next. My sponsor told me to pray to you for the things I
need, and I really need to win the lottery so I can get my life back in order.
Please, please, please, please, please
let me win the lottery!”
The clouds parted and a blinding white light appeared as the voice of God
boomed down at the woman from the sky: “Velveeta, now work with me on this concept, okay?
First, you buy a ticket!”
Another way to look at it:
Francis of Assisi was showing someone his garden, and the man was very
impressed. “Your garden is beautiful and so productive,” said the man. “You
must have prayed very hard to get it like this.”
said Francis, “and every time I prayed I picked up a hoe.”
►What do the two items above have to do with staying in recovery and growing in the program? Meditate on that question then apply the answer.