Gossip about or criticism of personalities has no place in an A.A.
clubroom. Every man in A.A. is a brother and every woman is a sister,
as long as he or she is a member of A.A. We ought not to gossip
about the relationships of any man or woman in the group. And if we
say about another member, “I think she or he is taking a few drinks
on the side,” it’s the worst thing we could do to that person. If a
woman or a man is not living up to A.A. principles or has a slip, it’s
up to her or him to stand up in a meeting and say so. If they don’t do
that, they are only hurting themselves. Do I talk about other members
behind their backs?
Meditation for the Day
To God, a miracle of change in a person’s life is only a natural
happening. But it is a natural happening operated by spiritual forces.
There is no miracle in personalities too marvelous to be an everyday
happening. But miracles happen only to those who are fully guided
and strengthened by God. Marvelous changes in people’s nature
happen so simply, and yet they are free from all other agencies than
the grace of God. But these miracles have been prepared for by days
and months of longing for something better. They are always
accompanied by a real desire to conquer self and to surrender one’s
life to God.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may expect miracles in the lives of people. I pray that I
may be used to help people change.