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…having first obtained mine errand from the Lord. (Jacob 1:17)

In this verse Jacob is sharing with us the actions he took after he first “obtained [his] errand from the Lord.”

This is exactly what we need to do every day of our lives. We need to set aside a private, quiet time on a regular basis—every morning, if possible—to get in conscious contact with God (Step 11). We need to read His words given to and through the prophets, hear His word given through the Holy Spirit, and receive and believe His guidance to our hearts and minds for that day.

Like all who suffer from addiction, we need to follow the example of those in recovery:

“On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.” (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 86)

Whether our inspiration includes specific things to do on this particular day, or more general impressions and guidelines, we will know that we have, for this day at least, obtained our errand from the Lord.

~Colleen H.

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