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Day #8 Reading of the next chapter Step 1
By sobermind
4/3/2009 9:07:16 AM
Vanity and unbelief of not reading the scriptures.
Self-Reliance and Self-Mastery

I have taken my successes in life too much for my own gifts and talents instead of realizing that there is not a talent given a skill developed a project built, or even a breath taken that was not given to me by and through my Heavenly Father's love. I am amazed at how nicely this looks on paper and how easily it is forgotten in reality. I am constantly offended by others. I am constantly having expectations on how life should be. This is almost as if I am a renter of a home and I am more concerned about the value and condition then the owner. The owner could make me vacate tommorow, why should I take credit for the structure the market value. I am filling the role of a steward of this body, of the family I have been given as a gift, of the professional roles that I have. I am not saying I am no longer taking ownership and responsibility for these ares I am saying I should not be so offended when someone comes along and gives feedback either directly or indirectly.

Today I am removed from the vanity of me me me and my self sufficiency. I make a committment to become reliant on the master so that he can assist me in mastering myself.

Comments:

Amen brother    
"I once thought that all I needed were authors—if I found the right book I could do anything. WHAT ARROGANCE! Of course there was always this one thing. But I didn’t have a problem with pride until I got into the 12 Step program. I guess if you never examine it, it isn’t a problem!

Decades of being in charge brought me to the depths of despair. Following God has brought me the only success I have ever experienced.

It is like what you wrote regarding Helaman 12:7; When God tells the dust to move, it’s gone. When he tells me to move He usually gets, “Huh?”.

Here is to doing better at knowing my place and enjoying peace.

btw – I may not comment often, but I enjoy reading your daily exercises and try to catch most of them."
posted at 13:46:33 on April 7, 2009 by justjohn
Thanks    
"I know I am never alone, but I sure feel the fellowship knowing I am not the only one. Your comments this morning were inspiring."
posted at 09:00:36 on April 8, 2009 by sobermind


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