Many times we alcoholics find ourselves reflecting on how we are doing with our motivation.  What motivates us to get out of bed, what motivates us to start our day with prayer, what motivates us to get a good healthy meal, what motivates us to start our work day, what motivates us to help someone else who is in need of our assistance?  All of this reflection time is well spent and frequently subject matter for our prayer life.

Today we hear The Lord say:  “As He was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his house.  He entered and reclined at table.  Seeing this, the Pharisee was surprised that He had not first performed the washing of hands prescribed before eating.  The Lord said to him:  You Pharisees!  You cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but within you are filled with evil.  Fools!  Did not He who made the outside make the inside too?”  Luke 11:37-40

Should we take this Scripture to heart, we will come to realize that keeping our inner life in order is utterly necessary in sobriety.  We do this by deepening our relationship with our God each and every day.  Taking care of the “inside” will automatically be reflected in our “outside.”  Life becomes so much easier when we check our attitude and motivation each day – and indeed, many times throughout each day.  Doing so, we will honestly reap the benefits of a sober, happy life.

Prayer:   Lord, grant me the grace to examine myself and see whether or not I am following You.  Give me the knowledge of what is right and what is wrong in my pathway of life today.  In my dealings with all others today, help me to see, to say and to do the right thing.  May You be praised and glorified by my life this day.   Amen.