Monday, June 1, 2009

Exactly what we didn't say

Dr. Bob's attitude toward high praise and standing ovations had something to do with his search for humility -- a "thing with which most of us are not too blessed."

As he said, this was not "the fake humility of Dickens's Uriah Heep." Nor was it "the doormat variety ....I'm talking about the attitude of each and every one of us toward our Heavenly Father," said Dr. Bob.

"Christ said, 'Of Myself, I am nothing -- my strength cometh from My Father in heaven.' If He had to say that," Dr. Bob asked, "how about you and me? Did you say it? Did I say it? No. That's exactly what we didn't say. We were inclined to say instead, 'Look me over, boys. Pretty good, huh?' We had no humility, no sense of having received anything through the grace of our Heavenly Father."

"I don't believe I have any right to get cocky about getting sober," he said. "It's only through God's grace that I did it. I can feel very thankful that I was privileged to do it....If my strength does come from Him, who am I to get cocky about it?"

From Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers (p 221-222)

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