asked him [God] to remove our shortcomings."
the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, written by the co-founder
of Alcoholics Anonymous, it says, "The whole emphasis of
Step Seven is on humility." This is because it is through
a recognition that we need help that we are healed. We simply
cannot do this alone. We cannot change ourselves through will
power alone. Willingness has its place, but it must be in conjunction
with divine grace. For those who have tried again and again to
get well on their own this step will be the answer to their prayers.
There is hope.
I came to recovery I was an agnostic. Then I came to believe in
God. Then I surrendered to God. Then I waited. Nothing happened.
Why? Because God likes to be asked. So, through prayer, I asked
for his/her help. Since then, so much has happened for the better.
If I had known asking was so important I would have done it sooner.
is a catch to this prayer. Your shortcomings will not just disappear
like magic. More likely you will just be given opportunities to
learn. I prayed for patience and soon I was thrust into a situation
that called for it. I prayed and was given some willingness to
act patient even though I was frustrated. Eventually, "acting
as if" paid off and I became a patient person. My prayers
had been answered.
other thing about this step is that God will only remove the shortcomings
that he feels stand in the way of your development. Many of the
things that you don't like about yourself will remain untouched.
This keeps us humble. One thing for sure, however, is that recovery
is God's will for us. Any shortcoming that gets in the way of
that will be removed. So ask God for help and then work with him.
Be patient. Have faith!
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