As our ego loses balance, our Higher Power loses force. God has a special definition in 12 step programs. God is the DAILY PRACTICE OF SOBER PRINCIPLES. When we ease God out, the result is our sobriety and serenity are threatened. How does our ego become out of whack? A few examples: We try to control others. We rely on things to please us. We believe we are less or more than a human being who makes mistakes. We judge others and ourselves. We measure our self worth by money. We become sensitive to others' criticism. We rely on our own instincts, rather than on our Higher Power's guidance. We feel we don't need to do recovery practices because we are cured or too busy. We think we are powerful enough to control our drug use.
How do you ease God out? Today, be mindful of easing God out. Remember God is the PRACTICE WHICH KEEPS US SOBER. It can include helping others, wearing a smile rather than a frown, exercising understanding rather than resentment, getting to a 12 step meeting. God is usually the implementation of a combination of principles and beliefs.