Today's Reading from Just For Today © NA World Services


   August 5                                         The shape of our thoughts

    "By shaping our thoughts with spiritual ideals, we are freed to become
                             who we want to be."

                                                           Basic Text, p. 101


   Addiction shaped our thoughts in its own way.   Whatever their shape may
   once have been, they became misshapen once our disease took full sway over
   our lives.   Our obsession with drugs and self molded our moods, our
   actions, and the very shape of our lives.

   Each of the spiritual ideals of our program serves to straighten out one
   or another of the kinks in our thinking that developed in our active
   addiction.  Denial is counteracted by admission, secretiveness by honesty,
   isolation by fellowship, and despair by faith in a loving Higher Power.
   The spiritual ideals we find in recovery are restoring the shape of our
   thoughts and our lives to their natural condition.

   And what is that "natural condition"?  It is the condition we truly
   seek for ourselves, a reflection of our highest dreams.   How do we know
   this?  Because our thoughts are being shaped in recovery by the spiritual
   ideals we find in our developing relationship with the God we've come to
   understand in NA.

   No longer does addiction shape our thoughts.  Today, our lives are being
   shaped by our recovery and our Higher Power.


   Just for today:  I will allow spiritual ideals to shape my thoughts.   In
   that design, I will find the shape of my own Higher Power.