Came To Believe

Thought for today:

If nothing changes, nothing changes.  If we don’t find a way to let go of debting once and for all, we know it will return.  But how do we really change?

A member shares:

“I am a debt addict.  Not everything was my fault, but it’s true that I made a lot of bad choices with money.

“Doing things ‘my way’ got me into more debt than what I make a year in income.  I need power to get my life back!

“If debt is no longer an option (and it isn’t, by choice), my escape route is lost, and I need to find a new one.  I’ve found a new freedom at DA meetings.  I’ve met debtors who were once hopeless whose whole attitude and outlook on life have changed.  I see ‘Power’ in them that is not of their own making.

“When I work the Steps and the Tools every day, I find peace.  DA is a ‘power greater than myself’.”

DA Step 2:

Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore is to sanity.

Power to change:

Finding a Higher Power is hard for some of us to do, but it doesn’t have to be a religious power.  We just need to find something greater than us.

Some of us are atheists or agnostics, and choose the group as our Higher Power.  Others have a religious upbringing that they follow and turn there.  Still others consider nature, a force greater than themselves.

In DA some have said that ‘the truth is in our numbers‘.  As we work the Tools and adjust our Spending Plan, we find a deeper relationship with a force for goodness – a Higher Power.  We can spend time with Higher Power as part of our Action Plan.  We find power by surrendering to the program of DA.

Ask:

Am I seeking a Power that I can grow with?

Meditation for today:

They say there are three poverties:  financial, emotional and intellectual.  In one place, we find many opportunities to find abundance in these three areas.

The Twelve Tools of DA help us recover our finances.  The Twelve Steps of DA help us recover our emotions and our intellect – our sanity.

We can seek to learn more about our Higher Power.  We can find new abundance in DA.

Affirmation for today:

“I will seek a Power greater than myself whom I can learn from and grow with.”

Recommended reading: 

DA’s Eighth Tool is D.A. and A.A. Literature: “We study the literature of Debtors Anonymous and of Alcoholics Anonymous to strengthen our understanding of compulsive disease and of recovery from compulsive debting.”

Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

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