This is the first of ten questions from a list I posted yesterday in a blog entitled “Interesting Questions?” I have been working on my answers for about two weeks, but the first answer emerged quite quickly. Why? I think because I practically live in Gratitude. I have garnered so many miracles since I started 12-Step Recovery, and my Gratitude List keeps on growng as miracles keep on happening. In the present tense. Maybe that’s why it’s called the Present. Anyway, I think my first strength is Gratitude.
Standing on that foundation (of great and growing Gratitude), my faith has increased and strengthened on the basis of personal evidence in my ordinary life. Others reporting their own evidence taught me that faith needs to be verb. My growing list of Gratitude is what helps me actually leap in faith. Not just in faith, but with an active attitude of Trust. Trust is, I think, my second strength.
Trust was something I had very little of, until I tried replacing my Will Power with Higher Power. The fruit was immediate and confirming when impossible things became possible with God. It became obvious that EGO meant Easing God Out, and that I needed to get out of God’s Way. Now, I surrender my “self” daily and gladly, trusting God and entrusting my cares in prayer, which I think is my third strength: surrendering to God’s Power.
It looks like my three greatest strengths are Gratitude —> Trust —> Surrendering to God. What about you? Chime in if you care to share. It’s a safe place to say what you mean and mean what you say without having to say it mean. FYI, this photo is of a plaque that was given to me by my true Sister and Friend in Christ, whose nickname is QZ, a person dearly loved by me (and God) forever and ever amen.