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Being Ready, Willing, and Committed to Having My Higher Power Remove My Shortcomings

 

6th and 7th StepAs of yesterday, I completed my sixth and seventh steps, which state:

Step 6. “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”

Step 7. “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”

Character defects, which are things like ego, anger, and rationalization, are in all of us, and most of the time living with these defects makes it harder to live a more spiritual life, a life closer to our Higher Power.

While working with my sponsor, he had me write down every single defect of character that hindered my spirituality and relationship with my HP, which I choose to call God, on a piece of paper.  After I did so, he had me tear each one into little flashcards and insisted that every morning before I did anything, mix them up and pick one.  After randomly choosing a character defect from the pile, I was told to state a prayer similar to this:  “God, help me become willing to let go of (whatever character defect I chose for that day) to which I still cling.  Help me to be ready to let You remove all of these defects, that Your will and purpose may take their place.  AMEN.”

Then he told me to state this prayer, which is in Step Seven of the Big Book on page 76, at night before I go to bed:  “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.  I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.  Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding.  Amen.”

Basically giving up these defects of character to a HP allows for more humility in our lives.  Possessing humility is a huge part of our program and living a better life.  I know for myself, I had absolutely none when I was actively using because I had so many deficiencies of character and had no way to give them up to something greater than myself to relieve myself of them.

My sponsor told me one very important thing that I feel I should pass on, concerning the saying: “Progress rather than perfection.”  Even though this is said all the time in meetings, the saying that my sponsor bestowed in me was: “SPIRITUAL progress rather than SPIRITUAL perfection.”  Heightening our sense of spirituality and relationship with our HP is of great importance to our unending sixth and seventh step work.

 

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