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Saving My Soul
Doing service in AA enhanced his spiritual recovery
At a recent workshop I attended, we were presented with the question, "How would you describe your motivation to engage in AA service work?"
My motivation to do service work was born of fear, confusion, and desperation. It was nurtured by relief, a sense of security, and obedience to God (and to my sponsor). It was further galvanized by a sense of responsibility to serve AA, the spiritual fellowship that saved my life.
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