Why We Were Chosen Greeting Card

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God in His wisdom selected this group of men and women to be the purveyors of his goodness. In selecting those to bring about this phenomenon he went not to the proud, the mighty, the famous nor the brilliant. He went, instead, to the humble and the unfortunate, to the drunkard - the so-called weakling of the world.

He might well have said to us, ‘Unto your weak and feeble hands I have entrusted a power beyond estimate. To you have been given that which has been denied the most learned of your fellows. Not to scientists, not to wives nor mothers, not even to my priests or ministers have I given this gift of healing other alcoholics which I entrust to you.

It must be used unselfishly. It carries with it grave responsibility. No day can be too long - no effort too great. It must be used with tolerance for I have restricted its application to no race, any creed and no denomination. Personal criticism you must expect. Lack of appreciation will be common. Ridicule will be your lot. Your motives will be misjudged.

You must be prepared for adversity, for what men call adversity is the ladder you must ascend - rung by rung - toward spiritual perfection and remember, in the exercise of this power, I shall not exact from you beyond your capabilities.

You are not selected because of your exceptional talents. Be careful always, if success attends your efforts, not to ascribe to personal superiority that to which you can lay claim only by virtue of my gift.

If I had wanted learned men to accomplish this mission, the power would have been entrusted to the physician and scientist.

If I had wanted eloquent men there would have been many anxious for the assignment, for talk is easiest used of all the talents which I have endowed mankind.

If I had wanted scholarly men, the world is filled with better qualified men than you who would be available.

You were selected because you have been the outcasts of the world and your experience as drunkards has made (or should make) you humbly alert to the cries of distress that come from the lonely hearts of alcoholics everywhere.

Keep ever in mind the admission you made on the day of your profession in Alcoholics Anonymous - that you are powerless and that it was only with your willingness to turn your life and will unto my keeping that relief came to you.

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