††† My Thoughts on Step Six
""Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character." "
Well the question is am I willing can I be honest enough to really try Step Six on all my faults without any reservations whatever do I have enough faith to trust in Gods will to have Him remove my defects of character and shortcomings
I know my own willpower just wouldn't work on alcohol I tried the geographical cure cross country and guess what I was still an ass when I got there everyone told me I had a problem but I just could not see alcohol as my problem
I couldn't stop drinking and no human being could make me stop I had to became willing to clean house and then asked a Higher Power God as I understood Him to take the desire to drink away from me when I ask it was taken away from me
I had been relieved of my alcoholism step six shows me a way to be free from other problems self exam of all my character defects and shortcomings was needed if I were to gain anything from this step again thinking only the most glaring needed to be addressed
The grace of God did enter my life and expelled obsession my instinct to live now could be in tuned fully with Godís desire to give me a new way of life I had to start removing some of these false instincts to survive and learn how to live life
My natural desires far exceeded their intended purpose driven blindly and willfully wanting complete satisfaction and pleasures than possible I had departed from the degree of perfection that God wished for me and that was the measure of my character defects
When I asked God forgive He did not purify me but He did give me a strong sense of hope that if I tried to follow His will to work toward an obtainable goal trying the best I knew I would start to make progress in the building my character†
So Step Six is a way to change my attitudes to make a mere beginning on this lifetime job I did not expect all my character defects to be lifted know He would take the glaring ones but would have to be content with patient improvement.
I did recognize that I exulted in some of my defects yes some I really loved to feel a little superior to the next man I did let greed masquerade as ambition I do admit that sex excursions were all dressed up as dreams of romance finance and self-importance
Many of my milder defects I did prefer to hang on to after all I was not a saint but did become ready to aim at spiritual perfection I could settle for as much perfection as will get me by in life the trick was to see what I was looking for in my changing
Could I accept the entire implication of Step Six is perfection NO! Only step on admitting I was powerless over alcohol, can be practiced with absolute perfection the remaining steps are ideals they are goals the measuring sticks by which we estimate our progress
I did gain advantage in the use of this step on problems other than alcohol I did venture into open-mindedness and was ready to walk in Godís direction It will seldom matter how haltingly we walk The only question will be "Are we ready?"
Sure I was entirely willing to aim toward perfection but I'm certainly not going to hurry any maybe I can postpone dealing with some of my problems indefinitely like that was going to work I have came to grips with most of my worst character defects and took action to remove them
The moment we say, "No, never!" our minds close against the grace of God. Delay is dangerous, and rebellion may be fatal. This is the exact point at which we abandon limited objectives, and move toward God's will for us.
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