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May 16

“For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”

Sex Addicts Anonymous, page 79

Taking on my first service position taught me humility. I was impatient about waiting on the group conscience because God may have been moving too slowly for me in a few instances. When I focused on spiritual principles and let go of personal needs and desires, I found a loving God available to guide my group to a more powerful decision and a more all-embracing solution that appealed to the entire group.

The group conscience met the group’s needs and desires and satisfied me in a way that no authoritative decision could have. It was not a matter of right or wrong; rather, it was a matter of letting God’s guidance and time lead us toward a decision that transcended mere agreement. I still work to seek the will of my God in my life and in my group experience. I practice surrender as I take on service positions. As I surrender, the circle of trust grows.

Group conscience produces better group decisions because they occur on God’s time, not necessarily my time.