One of the biggest things in the life of and alcoholic or addict is Fear. Some have called fear an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real.  We allow fear, both real and perceived to control us in ways that we may not even notice.  I have often said it is easier to stand up to physical danger than it is to stand up to a moral failing. The act that is vital to progress and growth in recovery is our moral

I used to think that only fearless people have courage, however I have come to realize that courage cannot exist without fear. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says we are driven by fear.  This tells me that I have numerous opportunities to be courageous.  I do not have the power organically within me to behave in this way. Any courage I have is from the strength of my Higher Power, Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fear.  He tells us that God has given us power, love and self-discipline.  Since this is true I am able to follow what Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 16:13 I can stand firm in my faith and be courageous. This requires me to be on guard and to pray continuously …

Being courageous morally is by no means easy.  Everything about it says to avoid, run and deflect the fear.  But with the power of God I can stand up to this fear and be the shepherd boy who stand up to the Giant. Remember fear cowers but courage stands up.  What is it in your life that requires you to join with God’s power and stand in the face of moral danger?

Our Speaker is Bob D., he talks about fear and the mind of the alcoholic. His talk is within the context of the fourth step. Super perfect for this blog cuz it is our fourth spiritual principle. Check him out, I really loved this talk…

Bob’s experience with fear and his ability to be transparent about it has helped me to see some of my fear based blindspots…

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