I can lead the meeting blah blah blah.
I can share at meetings blah blah blah.
I can Speak at meetings blah blah blah.
(or blah blah Conferences blah blah blah.)
I can write and write and write blah blah blah.
And all that blah blah can certainly be good and worthwhile and helpful.
But if I want a powerful, vibrant connection with the spirituality I blah blah about then the recipe for that is clear: Self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive ACTION.
When I first showed up in AA they told me that I couldn't think myself into right action, I had to act myself into right thinking.
That principle applies to my faith as well. I can't talk myself into a conscious contact with a power greater than myself, I can only act myself into it. I must act like an unselfish person would act. I must act like a person who sacrifices their own convenience and time and energy to be helpful to others. And when I do, my faith comes alive. My faith becomes vital.
(Worth repeating: Willingness does not mean "want to.")
I'll be honest with you, kids, I was really hoping I could find a loophole around this one, since some days I would much prefer to talk about it than do it, but twenty-seven years in this is still the only equation that works.
Or, as it says elsewhere in the Big Book: "It works. It really does."