OCTOBER 26 Reflection for the Day
From time to time when I see the slogan “There, but for the Grace of God Go I,” I remember how I used to mouth those words when I saw others whose gambling addiction had brought them to what I considered a “hopeless and helpless” state. The slogan had long been a cop-out for me, reinforcing my denial of my own addiction by enabling me to point to others seemingly worse off than I . “If I ever get like that , I’ll quit gambling,” was my often-repeated refrain. Today, instead,There, but for the Grace of God Go I has become my prayer of thankfulness, reminding me to be grateful to my Higher Power for my recovery, my life, and the way of life I’ve found in the Gamblers Anonymous Program.
Was anyone ever more “helpless and hopeless” than I?
Today I Pray
May I know that, but for the grace of God, I could be dead or insane by now, because there have been others who started on the path of addictive gambling when I did who are no longer here. May that same grace of God help those who are still caught in the downward spin, who are heading for disaster as sure as gravity.
Today I Will Remember
I have seen God’s amazing grace.