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May 4, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Monday, May 4, 2015
 
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” – Step Three

Today, have I surrendered my will and life to my Higher Power after having “made a decision …” As the Big Book warns, “Selfishness – self-centeredness! That …is the root of our troubles.” Selfishness, easily identified in our Fourth Step, gives way to humility – the total surrender of self to the will of a Higher Power. The Third Step lays the foundation for the spiritual change that we work toward in subsequent Steps, and that change can be little or nothing if we do not first experience the humility of absolute surrender. And the predictable outcome if we hold onto our playing God with our own lives will be a slip or full relapse. How do I “take” my Third? “… (I)t is better to meet God alone than with one” other person, according to the Big Book because of the intensely personal and private relationship we have with the God of our understanding. Today, I do not take for granted the immense importance of Step Three and ask if I have humbled myself completely to seek my Higher Power’s will instead of mine. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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