† MY ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON STEP SIX†† ††
"Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."
1. How necessary is Step Six to our spiritual growth?
Working thru the first step thru the fifth step I had became entirely ready to have God remove the obsession for alcohol from my life and by the grace of God He has removed the desire to drink from me and by faith I have been able to achieve release from other difficulties as I was honest and humble the grace of God enter my life given me a new way of life
2. Is this step the beginning of a lifetime job in recovery?
Yes it is a life time experience it gave me the best possible attitude I could take in order to make a mere beginning on this new adventure toward a new way of life had a long way to go if I wanted to change all my defects of character please note it is the defects that need to be changed Its true this does not mean that I expected all my character defects to be lifted out as the desire to drink was most of them I did have to be content with improvement
3. How do we recognize the difference between striving for an objective and perfection?
Well I sure thought I was ready to have every single defect removed until I started to look at the mild defects I did not think I had until I started making a list and yes some of then I rather enjoyed in a perverse way but I was ready to aim at spiritual perfection knowing that this could never be given to anyone of us free will always gets in the way the thing is that we make a beginning, and keep trying.
4. Why must we keep trying to remove our defects of character?
When I started to Look at my defects I was unwilling to give up at that time I was still looking for the easer softer way and in some cases it took a lot of time to accept that it was my defect of character not someone elseís so itís a life long endeavor to keep on trying not say to ourselves This I will never give up!
5. Why is our being ready to have them removed all-important?
To me being ready to have them removed shows me that my fourth and fifth steps were the of my changing me and my attitudes beginning and if I was not entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character then it would seem that I did not really turn my life over to His care
6. What actions is necessity to complete our goals in this step?
To me it takes a lot of humility and absolute honesty to even begin to open my mind to the many changes I have to make in my character and to gain any real advantage in using step six on problems other than alcohol I need to raise look toward perfection mind you I said look and be ready to walk towards God some times quickly and some times slowly but assuredly I had to walk in that direction
7. How and why is delay dangerous in working on theses goals?
Well delay for me is nothing more than procrastination like I did all the time when drinking was always going to be a better person tomorrow never once did I think about what is happening in today my whole life was based on what I could have done or what I should have done never what I must do to make the world a better place for all
8. At what Point do we abandon our limited objectives and move toward God's will for us?
It is suggested that we become entirely willing to aim toward perfection some delay might be forgiven heading toward perfection but I did have to come to grips with some of my worst character defects and take action toward their removal as quickly as I could I remember early on I said I would never do many things I thought were impossible to do but yes this did close my mind against the grace of God delay was dangerous and would be fatal for me I had reached that point to be able to abandon limited objectives and move toward God's will for me