God in His wisdom selected this group of men and women of Alcoholics Anonymous to be the purveyors of His goodness.
In selecting them, through whom to bring about this phenomenon, He went not to the proud, the mighty the famous, or the brilliant He went to the humble, the sick the unfortunate He went right to the drunkard the so-called weakling of the world.
Well might He have said to us –
“Unto your week and feeble hands I have entrusted a power beyond estimate. To you has been given that which has been denied the most learned of your fellows. Not to scientists or statesmen not to wives or 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 demands upon your time can be too urgent, no case be too pitiful, no task too hard, no effort too great. It must be used with tolerance, for I have restricted its application to no race, no 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 use to ascend the rungs toward spiritual perfection, and, remember – in the exercise of this power I shall not exact of you beyond your capabilities.
“You are not selected because of your exceptional talents, and be careful always if success attends your efforts not to ascribe to personal superiority that to which you can lay claim only virtue of My gift.
“If I had wanted learned men to accomplish this mission, the power would have bean entrusted to the physician and the scientist. “If I had wanted eloquent men there would have been many anxious for the assignment, for talk is the easiest use of all talents with which I have entrusted 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 long 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 AA, namely 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.”