Just For Today | June 26 | Surrendering Self-Will

“Our fears are lessened and faith begins to grow as we learn the true meaning of surrender: We are no longer fighting fear, anger, guilt, self-pity, or depression.”
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Understanding Surrender

Surrender marks the beginning of a transformative journey in recovery. When our actions are driven by self-will, we are often consumed by fear, anger, guilt, and self-pity. The constant need to control and manipulate our surroundings leaves us in a perpetual state of unease and dissatisfaction. Surrender, however, offers a new way of life—one where we learn to trust a Higher Power and relinquish the burdens of self-will.

The Burden of Self-Will

Living on self-will means constantly questioning and doubting our actions. Did we cover all the bases? Did we manipulate others correctly to achieve our goals? Did we miss any critical details? This relentless self-questioning leads to a cycle of fear, anger, guilt, and self-pity. When our schemes fail, we feel afraid or angry; when they succeed, we are often left feeling guilty. This exhausting way of life is hard, but for many of us, it was the only way we knew.

The Cycle of Self-Will

  • Fear: Fear that our plans will fail and we will lose control.
  • Anger: Anger when things don’t go as planned.
  • Guilt: Guilt when our manipulations succeed, knowing we compromised our integrity.
  • Self-Pity: Self-pity when we feel powerless and overwhelmed.

The Challenge and Reward of Surrender

Surrender is not an easy path, especially in the beginning. It requires us to let go of the illusion of control and place our trust in a Higher Power. However, the rewards of surrender are immense. By trusting a Higher Power, we no longer need to rely solely on ourselves to manage our lives. This shift alleviates the constant pressure and anxiety that comes with self-will.

Steps to Surrender

  1. Acknowledgment: Recognize the limits of self-will and the unmanageability of your life.
  2. Acceptance: Accept that surrender is a viable and beneficial option.
  3. Action: Actively seek to turn your will and life over to a Higher Power.

Living in Faith

As we begin to surrender, we start to live in faith rather than fear. Trusting our Higher Power means doing our part to the best of our abilities and leaving the results up to this greater force. This approach allows us to stop worrying about outcomes and start living according to simple spiritual principles. By surrendering self-will, we free ourselves from the constant battle against fear, anger, guilt, and self-pity.

Benefits of Surrender

  • Peace of Mind: Reduces anxiety and constant worry about control.
  • Emotional Balance: Lessens feelings of anger, guilt, and self-pity.
  • Spiritual Growth: Fosters a deeper connection with a Higher Power.
  • Empowerment: Encourages responsible and conscientious action.

Embracing Spiritual Principles

Living according to the spiritual principles of the program means embracing love, honesty, humility, and faith. These principles guide our actions and decisions, leading us to a more fulfilling and serene life. By surrendering self-will and seeking knowledge of our Higher Power’s will, we align ourselves with a path of genuine recovery and spiritual growth.

Daily Practices for Surrender

  1. Meditation: Spend time in quiet reflection, seeking guidance from your Higher Power.
  2. Prayer: Ask for the strength to surrender your will and for the wisdom to understand your Higher Power’s will.
  3. Service: Engage in acts of service to others, reinforcing the principle of humility and selflessness.
  4. Gratitude: Keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of the blessings and guidance from your Higher Power.

Just for Today

Just for today, make a conscious decision to surrender self-will. Seek knowledge of your Higher Power’s will and the power to carry it out. By doing so, you leave the results in the hands of a force greater than yourself, freeing yourself from the burdens of fear, anger, guilt, and self-pity. Embrace the serenity that comes with surrender and live your life in faith and trust.

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