“What do you have that you did not receive?” I Corinthians 4:7

One of the promises of Alcoholics Anonymous is that fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. Fear of destitution and material wealth are two different things, however. Even with money in the bank, we can still worry about our finances. Even sober, we can still be afraid of our fellows. It is not until we mature in our faith, that fear truly leaves. That is the simple order and progression of things.

When we allow ourselves to be fully reliant on God, we find ourselves working for Him in all of our affairs. We then have no reason for fear. God will always show us the way to earning or acquiring what we need. (Bill Wilson went many years without a job as he grew AA, yet he had a home, food and many friends!) When we work for God, we use our talents to help others. That not only ensures that we will be richly rewarded with the basic necessities of life, but we will also gain the respect and camaraderie that we need and crave.

God is God. I am His creation. I must always remember that. When I am feeling all puffed up in my glory, I need to stop and remember whose glory it really is. I’m only borrowing the gifts and the wealth that God created. Everything I have, I received from God.

F.R.O.G. Practice: Today, remember who your boss is. Work fully for Him today. Let Him give you everything that you need by being fully reliant on Him.