Jan. 17, 2017 – Step by Step

Step by Step

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

“Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” – Step Five

Today: the confession step. We bring to this one what we uncovered in our moral inventory of the Fourth Step. And it requires admission to three confidants – God, ourselves, and another person. Why? We need the guidance of the higher power of our understanding and another person to put our wrongs in a perspective that we may not have because of predictable prejudice. Without bringing to the higher power and another person the nature of our wrongs, we risk allowing the guilt, remorse and regret to eat us up. We are asked in the Fifth to admit only the “exact nature” of our wrongs, not our exact wrongs. Some may find admitting only to the nature of their wrongs to be incomplete; a detailed “confession” might be liberating. Today, I “confess” my wrongs not just to myself, but to my higher power and to another person. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2017

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