One of the questions that comes to mind as I think about what to study today is this:
How do I know what the will of God is for me today?
I’ve thought about this before, actually many times.
As I read back on some of my study on the topic of submitting my will to God and discovering what His will is for me, I found this quote to be pretty direct:
Sometimes, the truth may just seem too straightforward, too plain, and too simple for us to fully appreciate its great value.
I like this quote from Step 3 as well:
You can accept with serenity that although you cannot control the choices and actions of others, you can decide how you will act in each situation you face.
I like this quote as well:
It’s been interesting to read back in my journal about where I’ve been, what I’ve written, and how I’ve felt on a day to day basis.
There were about 11 different articles I’ve written, at least, that had to do with submitting my will to God, surrendering, and seeking to do His will.
I think what I got most from reading a few of them is that I know what His will is for me – I just need to act on that will and pray for guidance throughout the day.
This quote stuck out as I looked for additional answers:
When things turn bad, there is a tendency to blame others or even God. Sometimes a sense of entitlement arises, and individuals or groups try to shift responsibility for their welfare to other people or to governments. In spiritual matters some suppose that men and women need not strive for personal righteousness—because God loves and saves us “just as we are.”
Passing the responsibility to someone else.
I feel like one of my biggest concerns is that I won’t be able to keep up the consistency with my work and the great year I’ve had.
I believe I’m starting to put the pressure on myself to set new goals for 2016, to be better than I was this year, and to grow, grow, grow.
I feel that I’m nervous that I can’t do this on my own. In fact, I know I can’t. But I have to put my trust in Him and believe that He will help me and give me direction.
I have to be grateful for what I have:
- Harman & team
- UC (not sure how this is really going)
- John (not sure about this one either)
- FS team
I’m grateful for the role each of these people play in the work I’m trying to do.
I just feel I need to systematize more and make sure I have things in place.
I liked this quote as I studied more:
It is His plan and His will that we have the principal decision-making role in our own life’s drama. God will not live our lives for us nor control us as if we were His puppets, as Lucifer once proposed to do. Nor will His prophets accept the role of “puppet master” in God’s place. Brigham Young stated: “I do not wish any Latter Day Saint in this world, nor in heaven, to be satisfied with anything I do, unless the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ,—the spirit of revelation, makes them satisfied. I wish them to know for themselves and understand for themselves.”3
This quote really sticks out too:
God will not act to make us something we do not choose by our actions to become. Truly He loves us, and because He loves us, He neither compels nor abandons us. Rather He helps and guides us. Indeed, the real manifestation of God’s love is His commandments.
The way I can follow God’s will is by keeping His commandments.
The way I can follow God’s will is by asking for His help and surrendering in the moment I’m feeling challenged in my beliefs or motivations.
I look forward to a productive day today in recovery.
I’m grateful I made time to study this morning and hope that all will go well today.
P.S. One thing I feel I want to do is review and update my Step 4 inventory. As I’ve worked with my current sponsees and talked with Mark about Step 4, I’ve realized that there is a lot more I can dig deep about.
I am going to start on that today sometime and follow the schedule as it is mapped out in the ARP Support documents.