Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
— Step Six of Alcoholics Anonymous
Readiness is the key to all-important passages in life. Until we’re ready to know something, the mystery is not revealed. Until we’re ready to do something, the power is not mobilized. Until we’re ready to receive a gift, even if we trip over it, that gift will not be ours. It may not even be recognized as a gift.
The Sixth Step talks about our readiness to have the obstacles to our happiness removed. These obstacles are our character defects. Until we’re ready to let them go – boxed up, on the porch, waiting for pickup, so to speak – they will be left with us. It’s that simple.
The Sixth Step is also very specific about who will take them away. For all our intelligence and willpower, we’re not the ones who do the removing. When we’re ready to admit the power of God into our lives, and only then, we will be ready for freedom.
The experience of my fellows has empowered me to have faith in renewal.
You are reading from the book:
Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty