When I decided to write this page, I doubted whether anyone needed another daily devotional to add to the thousands that are available and in use today. I heard that still small voice, and am directed to add to the devotional listings. Along with daily golf tips, we also need direction for our souls. To ponder and meditate on things spiritual, will heal us and point us in the direction of spirit.
The difference will be that this is not a “daily” writing, I have found through my years of working these steps that working on one thing for a week rather than something different everyday, helped me understand and internalize the message, and this in turn produced better results. We have enough clutter distracting us, and if I read something today and go my merry way, the prayer and the meditation is only good for a day. We must be fed for a life time, and that comes from practicing these principles, which lead us to live these principles.
We seek peace of mind in all our affairs not just on the golf course. I stated that the 12 Steps is the road map to a happier and more joyous way of life, golf is the vehicle. We are dealing with more than just golf, and I do not want to limit anyone who is not a golfer to be dissuaded from pursuing this 12 Step program, for it is a way of life for everyone. I am hoping that the non-golfer will also be inclined to pursue these steps and integrate them into their life and find the promises for themselves.
These prayers and meditations will be from my own journals or from someone‘s question during any given week. We have discussed the importance of journalizing and hopefully many of you are now writing.
I hope that my take on recovery and healing will help in the pursuit of any self help program one may find themselves. To see things differently and shed some light on what others may be saying.
WEEK TWENTY SIX
"One doesn’t recognize in one’s life the really important moments-not until it is too late".......Agatha Christie
There are so many special moments that give us the opportunity to change ourselves in so many ways. We often move so quickly from one experience to another we don’t take the time to experience the experience.
Tender moments with family or friends, when we just listen can be change us, and show us so much about ourselves. We can take time to actually hear what they are telling us. We can stop trying to jump from topic to topic diverting the attention back to ourselves.
There is empathy revealing itself in our lives and we can begin to “treat others the way we wish to be treated”. The pretense and superficiality tht dominated our lives is disappearing. The quality of our moments together will take on a new meaning. We find ourselves growing and gaining in wisdom. We can begin to experience moments of our lives in greater understanding and satisfaction.
I pray that I can devote full attention to what is happening around me today. Help me to get myself away from being the center of attention.
WEEK TWENTY FIVE
"Acceptance is not submission, it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation, then deciding what you are going to do about it"........Kathleen Casey Theisen
The events of our lives present opportunities to measure our growth. We can take thoughtful action in response to situations needing our attention. The gift of courage offered in the 12 Steps helps to make decisions based on the reality of the event.
We can accept those things we cannot change. Through spiritual progress we have the courage to change the things we can.
Today we have the choice to take action rather that reaction.
Today I ask for patience and thoughtfulness. I will respond with wisdom and spiritual strength.
WEEK TWENTY FOUR
"Have the courage to act instead of react".....Darlene Larson Jenks
When we respond to situations in our life, we often just act on impulse. We do not take the time to stop, think and then act.
We have grown and re not responsible to exercise our own personal power. When we seek the healthy development of our “ego”, the “knee jerks” reactions can no longer hold dominion over us. Today there is a need to take care and be thoughtful to improve our character.
Each action we take clearly exposes the person we really are. We choose to be in command of our actions. Our actions continually reveal ourselves to others. We take the time and risk the courage to behave as we so choose. This is the freedom we seek.
Today I ask that I may think with clarity. I want to break those chains that imprisoned me. I am no longer a slave to impulse.
WEEK TWENTY THREE
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing that which you think you cannot do".....Eleanor Roosevelt
What are we afraid of? It is usually the fear of losing something. We avoid experiences for the lack of courage. We fear losing face. Courage is nothing more than having fear but doing the thing anyway. Courage is nothing more than having the mental and moral strength to venture and withstand the danger and fears and difficulty of an experience.
We have feared exposing ourselves, our weaknesses and our fears. Pride is at the root of our cowardice. Cowardice keeps us from expressing love and forgiveness. Cowardice also makes us do things sane people would not attempt. There have been plenty a martyr in our society who is afraid of being called weak who will venture into self destructive behavior.
It is our own perception of ourselves that stands between growth and withering away from what life wants to teach us.
Help me to be aware of my fears today. I want to live life fully and abundantly. Make me aware of the things I can change about myself and the acceptance of those things in the world that cannot be changed to suit my perception. Grant me the courage to be a good and trusted servant of thee.
WEEK TWENTY TWO
"The battle to keep up appearances unnecessarily, the mask--whatever name you give creeping perfectionism--robs us of our energies".....Robin Worthington
We have probably spent a good deal of our time and energy trying to be someone other than ourselves. Those others who we have perceived as more exciting or smarter or more beautiful. Someone who we believe possesses that quality of being perfect.
We are each a unique creation, there is no one else on the face of the earth like us. We each have special qualities that need to be recognized and explored and express.
Knowing that you are your perfect self is the knowledge and enlightenment we need to live life easier. We can begin to enjoy life. We can gain so much more from accepting who we are and the gift of being ourselves serves us to know others at the level of understanding who they are.
I know I can only be one person at a time, I shall become the me God is creating me to be.
WEEK TWENTY ONE
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult".....Seneca
We can all find the excuses, we need to keep us from moving forward. Perfection can hold us back, “if I can’t do it perfectly, why bother?”, is how our devilish minds keep us from daring.
The fear of success or failure hold us back from fully living our lives. True failure is a result of never daring life. Difficult does not mean impossible.
We meet the challenges of life, one day at a time. Life is difficult but we live, we make it more difficult when we do not try.
Help me to grow and find more of who I am by daring to try something new. I step out of that comfort zone and test the waters, and then I can jump in and find something different about myself.
"Keep your thoughts positive because they become your words. Keep words positive because they become your behavior. Keep your behaviors positive because they become your habits. Keep your habits positive because they become your values. Keep your values positive because they become your destiny".....Gandhi
It can be difficult to remain positive when life presents you with so many challenges in a single day. I can practice finding something positive to think about when there are negative things happening around me.
I will not speak negative words; those days of whining and complaining will soon be a thing of the past. I can get out of my own self absorption and stretch out a hand to help another.
My habits will change as I practice the principles, and they give me value. I am no longer destined to live the old way. Each day is a new beginning, and I am the person I used to be.
Strengthen me to find something positive during my journey today. Let me speak well of others and be willing to turn someone else’s frown into a smile. Help me to live with integrity and dignity. Help me to be quick to listen and slow to anger.
"Faith can be thought of as air in a balloon. When you have it you can soar with the eagles. If you are deflated, you crawl like a worm"…….Jo Anne N.
It may take some effort to become faith filled, although once I was told faith was a gift. This faith can grow in our hearts. We need to devote time to allow it to flourish.
Prayer and meditation are necessary , we need time alone with God.
The issues of life are eased with faith. Life’s most frustrating and frightening situations can be handled with confidence when we let our faith fill us. But we must work to attain and keep it. As with any skill, it works if we work it.
I will add to my reservoir today. I may not recognize when I will need to draw from that extra strength, so I need to have myself filled with faith. Help me to reinforce the relationship between myself and you God, knowing it will carry me over any trouble I will encounter along the way.
"It's astonishing in this world how things don't turn out at all the way you expect them to".....Agatha Christie
We usually need the sorrow along with the joy of life, if we are to gain new insights. Our failures keep us humble, our joys give us hope.
Life is a process of growth. Let us all accept the variations in gratitude. Each of you and the times we live in bless me. I will find gratitude, because we live in interesting times.
The answers do not come easily. We must find within each occurrence in our living, some meaning and reason. Life really is not an accident. If we truly would sit down and inventory our journey, we would be able to discover that we have been the navigators of our lives. We have made our decisions every step of the way. Our disappointments have also been a result of our mapping. We enter situations as a choice, there is not given a guarantee that the outcome will meet with our approval, but we did take the chance.
If we just sit there and blame others for our fate, we have given others power over our lives. We have entered into the world of powerlessness. Are we really victims or just too lazy to find the truth?
I pray that I can see the blessings in my disappointments. I will have the strength to take responsibility for the actions I take and know that each day is a new beginning.
Devotional Weeks 9 thru 17
Devontional Weeks 1 thru 8