Thoughts frame your portrait. Action paints it.
When new to recovery, many of us looked at Step 3—made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand God—and immediately started to complain. Often, this is because we have unpleasant early-life memories of a misogynistic, bigoted, or punishing deity. You know, tall guy, long silver hair and beard, white robes, Birkenstock sandals, gets very, very angry and floods the planet or drops a plague of locusts when we don’t do what he wants. Many of us, even those who are desperate for recovery, want no part of that guy. The good news is that those of us who have bad memories of God or a lack of belief in organized religion don’t have to utilize that conceptualization. The final four words of Step 3, as we understand God, make this perfectly clear.
Task for Today
Act as if you believe in a benevolent Higher Power that cares about your recovery.