God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.
When working Step 6, many recovering sex and porn addicts ask: “If and when I become entirely ready to have God remove my defects of character, will he do it?” The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes!” Any addict who’s achieved lasting sobriety is proof of this fact. However, those same addicts will also tell you that God is not exactly in the business of rendering us pure as freshly fallen snow and keeping us that way without our active and relatively constant participation in the process. This means that overcoming our character defects is an ongoing affair. Our Higher Power will happily take away our shortcomings, and he will just as happily return them whenever we’d like.
Task for Today
Focus on a character defect and work to change that behavior.