Post by Susan P. on Mar 7, 2019 10:56:48 GMT -8
Step 3: [We] Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
If we are "powerless" over love and our lives are unmanageable, and God, as we understand God, can restore us to sanity then it is best we turn our life and our will over to God so that he can mend our broken hearts.
Note that God can mean some benevolent force in the universe or the God within which knows what is best for us. Note that we turn ourselves over to the "care" of God. Note that this is a decision which must be followed by action. Just how do we turn our will over? We commit to change. We look to our recovery friends for an example of a sane way to love and we follow in their footsteps. We find the right path through trial and error. Our only guide is the belief that God wants us to be healthy and happy. If we are not, then we are going in the wrong direction. God will lead you to people and books which will help you. God will lead you forward. Without God we are defenseless against our addiction. You do not have to be religious to believe in goodness. God is goodness. God is spirit. The spiritual approach to recovery may be hard on some people. But it is tried and true. Herbert Spencer said "Ignorance is contempt prior to investigation." Try this approach if you have failed to get better on your own or with therapy alone. There are legions of people for whom this approach has worked. Surrender (to be free from addiction) to an old familiar God or to a new God of your choice. Don't be afraid. You will meet others on this path. You will not be alone.
This is the most important step prayer. Memorize it before you recite it to your mentor.
3rd Step Prayer
God, I offer myself to Thee To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy love and Thy way of life. May I do Thy will always!