On studying the Twelve Steps of Recovery, many of us as newcomers to Gamblers Anonymous exclaimed, What an order! I can’t go through with it. Don’t be discouraged, we’re told at meeting after meeting. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

Can I believe, in the words of Browning, that my business is not to remake myself but to make the absolute best of what God made?

Today I Pray

Even if I am an old hand at the GA Program, may I not forget that the Twelve Steps of Recovery do not represent an achievement that can be checked off my things to do list. Instead, they are a striving for an ideal, a guide to getting there. May I keep my mind open to deepening interpretations of these principles.

Today I Will Remember

Progress rather than perfection.